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19 Jul 2018

EC publishes Communication on preparations for BREXIT

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) after the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

As of 30 March 2019, the UK will become a third country and will no longer be a member of the EU. This will affect citizens as well as businesses and administrations in both the UK and the EU, ranging from new border controls, or the validity of UK-issued licences, certificates and authorisations to different rules for data transfers.

The EC's Communication calls on Member States and all parties concerned to step up preparations and to be prepared at all levels and for all outcomes. Even though, as the EC puts it, "the EU is working day and night for a deal ensuring an orderly withdrawal", BREXIT will cause disruption, no matter whether or not there is a deal. The Communication outlines the main consequences of both scenarios, withdrawal with a transition period, and withdrawal without a withdrawal agreement. The EC stresses that it is important to prepare for the UK becoming a third country in any event.

For more information:

EC press release

Text of the Communication

Factsheet

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