In particular, this protocol does not prevent the United Kingdom from entering into agreements with a third country granting preferential access to that country`s market on the same terms as those produced in other parts of the United Kingdom. On an exceptional basis, the Union invites the United Kingdom to participate, in the context of the EU delegation, in meetings or meetings of these bodies, where the Union considers that the UK`s presence is necessary and is in the interests of the Union, particularly for the effective implementation of these agreements during the transitional period; this presence is only permitted if the participation of Member States is authorised by the existing agreements. The notification must indicate the provisions that the complainant intends to suspend. Before deciding to suspend parts of an agreement covered in point (b), the complainant first considers whether the suspension of the provision of this agreement in point (a) would be an appropriate response to the offence. Any stay is proportionate to the breach of the undertaking at issue, given the seriousness of the violation and the rights at issue and, if the stay is based on the respondent`s continued non-compliance with the arbitration panel`s recourse under section 173, if the respondent was bound and paid or is still paid by the respondent. 2. If the EU and the United Kingdom fail to reach an agreement, within forty-five days from the date of notification, to determine whether the notified measure brings the respondent into compliance with the provisions of this agreement, each party may request in writing the original arbitration panel to rule on the matter. This request is communicated simultaneously to the other party. The arbitration panel`s decision is notified to the EU and the United Kingdom and to the Joint Committee within 75 days of filing the application. The arbitration panel, in agreement with the parties, may decide not to hold a hearing.
In recent years, franchising has become an increasingly popular sales structure throughout the EU. A franchise is a vertical agreement and should therefore not contain any of the severe restrictions set out in the VBER to qualify for the category exemption.