EC adopts final set of contingency measures for No-deal Brexit
The European Commission (EC) has adopted a final set of contingency proposals for a "no-deal Brexit", i.e. the UK leaving the EU without a deal, a risk that is constantly increasing. The final set of measures covers the Erasmus+ programme, social security coordination and the EU budget and aims at intensifying preparedness work at all levels, as requested by the European Council (Article 50) in November and December 2018. The measures published today follow the adoption on 19 December 2018 of the Commission's Contingency Action Plan, including several legislative measures. Today's proposals are temporary in nature, limited in scope and will be adopted unilaterally by the EU.
With regard to budget, the EC provides that UK beneficiaries of EU funding would continue to receive payments under their current contracts, provided that the United Kingdom continues to honour its financial obligations under the 2019 EU budget and that it accepts the necessary audit checks and controls. The EC emphasises that this issue is separate from the financial settlement between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The Commission sees this as a measure to help to mitigate the significant impact of a “no-deal” scenario for a wide range of areas that receive EU funding, such as research, innovation or agriculture. The EC will need to work closely with the Council and the European Parliament to ensure the adoption of the proposed legislative acts so that they are in force by 30 March 2019.
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