Wide-Ranging Technical Guidance Issued By Government In Event of ‘No Deal’ Brexit

18 October 2018


Wide-ranging technical notices detailing guidance for UK  companies  and individuals if Britain ends up with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit have been published by the Government.

An initial tranche of 25 notices were issued in August with more following in September.

The guidance, UK government's preparations for a 'no deal' scenario, reissued by the Department for Exiting the EU last week, say: “We are working with the EU’s negotiating team at pace to agree the terms of our future relationship alongside the Withdrawal Agreement later this year.

“However, it is our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those negotiations.

“It has always been the case that, as we get nearer to March 2019, preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario would have to be accelerated. Such an acceleration does not reflect an increased likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome. Rather it is about ensuring our plans are in place in the unlikely scenario that they need to be relied upon.”

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons this week (Oct 15) that she remains confident that a deal can be done in spite of reports that the latest talks at the weekend, between Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab and the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, reached an impasse over the status of the Northern Ireland border.

Among the 20 headings in the latest guidance are:  Importing and Exporting, Labelling Products and Making Them Safe, Farming and Fishing, Driving and Transport, Regulating Medicines and Medical Equipment, Workplace Rights, Sanctions, Seafaring, Satellites and Space.


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