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WHAT'S NEXT?: Improving standards are likely to be driven more by business and technological improvement than governments in the future. The latter will be under severe pressure to cut bureaucracy, speed policy making and improve their nation's productivity performance.

  • [New] There could be disruption to agri-food supply chains that are currently integrated with the EU if rules diverged in the future and that food and other imports need to be of the quality and safety that British consumers expect. Sustain
  • [New] While the AIA proposal does broadly acknowledge the risks associated with AI, it does not meaningfully protect people's rights to social security and an adequate standard of living.
  • [New] Composite food: In March in 2022, a transition period related to 'composite food products' comes to an end and UK exporters of pies and suchlike to the EU will be required to comply with EU rules. Yorkshire Bylines
  • [New] A new subsidies advice unit will oversee Britain's rule book on government handouts, and an Office for the Internal Market will keep watch for trade barriers between England, Scotland and Wales. The Economist
  • [New] Mask rules will be mandatory in shops and on public transport in the UK, Omicron contacts will have to self - isolate and new arrivals will have to quarantine until they test negative for coronavirus. Al Jazeera
  • [New] The rules on face coverings in shops and on public transport in England will be tightened. The Guardian
  • [New] Multinational enterprises headquartered outside the UK will be eligible for accreditation for the first time under the Global Multinational Business Standard. International Tax Review
  • [New] October meetings of the G20 and OECD saw broad international agreement reached on new global tax rules that will see multinational corporations pay at least 15% of their revenue as tax in each nation where they do business. The Register
  • [New] Flights between the U.S. and South Africa are limited compared with other international destinations, but the sudden changes in travel rules make it difficult for customers to book and could further delay the return of lucrative international business travel. CNBC
  • [New] The European Telecommunications Standards Institute released a global standard designed to pinpoint key security and privacy risks for mobile device users, and protect their data through an arsenal of features. Mobile World Live
  • [New] Climate agreements reached in Glasgow this month could come under legal attack from polluting multinationals unless the UK takes urgent action to reform global trade rules. The Independent
  • [New] Common global standards could facilitate capital flows across jurisdictions, while supporting sustainable transition pathways that take account of regional differences in economic development. United Nations Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)
  • [New] The future Government has already disclosed plans to return in 2023 to strict budgetary rules and also to move ahead of the end of coal as a source of energy from 2038 to 2030. MercoPress
  • [New] Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has installed a new connectivity solution using virtualised networks that will establish higher standards for over-the-horizon uncrewed vessel control. Inmarsat Corporate Website
  • [New] With countries increasingly getting weary about data protection and need for data localisation, the SynchroKnot technology and solution creates a new genre in itself, and has the potential to massively boost the local infrastructure to far surpass the world standards. ETCISO
  • [New] The European Commission will be able to restrict gatekeepers from making acquisitions that could damage the internal market and impose structural or behavioural remedies where gatekeepers have exhibited systematic non-compliance.
  • [New] Germany's incoming government plans to urge Brussels to be tougher on the rule of law, supports EU treaty changes and might just be open to changing Europe's debt rules. Politico
  • [New] Financial crime and conduct risk issues are generating a raft of enforcement actions and heavy fines from regulators around the world, often working together to tackle issues across global markets. Eversheds Sutherland
  • [New] The tremendous shift of movie and television audiences to streaming services over the last year has offered scammers a golden opportunity to conduct phishing attacks in order to trick future customers into handing over their payment information. CySecurity News - Latest Information Security and Hacking Incidents
  • [New] We remain clear that Russia's threatening and destabilising behaviour is unacceptable and continue to monitor events on the ground closely. House of Commons

Last updated: 02 December 2021