The Commission in its 6th Brexit preparedness communication highlighted its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. With just under 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019 and the uncertainty in the United Kingdom regarding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and the overall domestic political situation a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 1 November 2019, remains, although undesirable, outcome. The European Commission has published a detailed checklist to assist those business that trade with the UK to make final preparations.

The Commission in addition to recent publication has also released proposal to the European Parliament and the Council on the following; targeted technical adjustments to the duration of the EU’s ‘no-deal’, proposition for the existing 2019 contingency arrangements for the fisheries sector and for the potential participation in the EU budget for 2020 and finally the availability of the European Solidarity Fund and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to those most affected by a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

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