Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens ahead of October

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The European Commission has published a detailed checklist to help businesses that trade with the UK to make final preparations on Wednesday.

In its sixth Brexit preparedness Communications, the Commission has reiterated its call to all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. The call was sent out following the continued uncertainty in the United Kingdom regarding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement which was agreed with the British government in November 2018.

The detailed checklist which was published by the Commission aims to help those businesses that trade with the UK to make the final preparations. The Commission reminded all parties involved in supply chains with the UK, regardless of where they are based, that one should be aware of their responsibilities and the necessary formalities in cross-border trade in order to minimise disruption to trade.

The European Commission has proposed to the European Parliament and the Council to make targeted technical adjustments to the duration of the EU’s ‘no-deal’ contingency measures in the area of transport. It has also proposed to mirror, for the year 2020, the existing 2019 contingency arrangements for the fisheries sector and for the UK’s potential participation in the EU budget for 2020.