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There remains no guarantee that, from the intended Brexit day of 30 Match 2019, the current tariff-free movement of goods between the two territories will not cease. Various models for future relationships are in debate, but the UK is currently ruling out the simplest (and least change) model of remaining in a customs union with the EU.
On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") rendered an important judgement in case C-284/16, Slovak Republic v. Achmea. The CJEU declared invalid the investor-State dispute settlement ("ISDS") arbitration clause in the bilateral investment treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia ("intra-EU BIT").
EU State aid law still applies to the UK. This will continue at least until any formal exit from the EU which should not happen before 30 March 2019 (ie. 2 years following the March 2017 triggering of "Article 50" notice to leave the EU). Recent general election results in the UK do not change this.