Preparedness measures for BREXIT

As eight weeks are remaining until the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission is in its sixth Brexit Preparedness Communication, called on all stakeholders in the EU-27 to prepare to leave without agreement. Due to the uncertainty which is still present in the United Kingdom regarding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the United Kingdom Government in November 2018 and the overall domestic political situation, leaving without an agreement on 1 November 2019 is still possible, although undesirable outcome.

For this reason, the European Commission published a few days ago a detailed checklist to help companies trading with the United Kingdom make final preparations. In order to minimize trade disruptions, all actors in the supply chain, including the United Kingdom, wherever they are based, should be aware of their responsibilities and the necessary formalities in cross-border trade. This is based on previous communications and 100 stakeholder notices, covering a number of sectors.

In addition, the Commission has proposed targeted technical adjustments to the European Parliament and the Council of the duration of some EU emergency measures in the event of exit without agreement and proposed the continuation in 2020 of the existing emergency measures for 2019 for the fisheries sector and for the potential participation of the United Kingdom in the EU budget for 2020.

With regard to the EU Solidarity Fund and the European Globalization Adjustment Fund, the Commission wants them to be available to support the companies, workers and Member States that will be most affected by exit without agreement. The proposals must be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.

The Commission recalls that all stakeholders are responsible for preparing for all possible scenarios. Given that leaving without agreement is still a possible outcome, the Commission strongly recommends that all stakeholders use the extra time gained by extending the Article 50 period to verify that they have taken all the measures necessary to prepare for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.

In which areas are suggested adjustments and which BREXIT will be most affected, read at link

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