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What guidance is available to prepare for no deal Brexit?

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Published on LexisPSL on 31/01/2019

The following Public Law Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What guidance is available to prepare for no deal Brexit?
  • UK government guidance on no deal Brexit
  • EU guidance on no deal Brexit
  • Updates to the guidance
  • Contrasting guidance on the Withdrawal Agreement
  • Further reading

As things stand, if the UK and EU fail to agree and ratify an international treaty setting out the legal terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the legal default position is that the EU Treaties will cease to apply to the UK automatically at the end of the withdrawal period by operation of Article 50 TEU and the UK will cease to be a Member State on exit day in accordance with the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

This Brexit Q&A outlines the range of stakeholder guidance available from the UK and EU, to help individuals and organisations prepare for Brexit, focussing in particular on preparations for the UK exiting the EU without a deal in place. Lawyers are monitoring this guidance carefully to help their clients to prepare.

UK government guidance on no deal Brexit

As well as introducing legislation to help prepare the UK statute book for Brexit, in the second half of 2018, the government began publishing a number of technical notices designed to inform individuals, businesses and public bodies in the UK of the key legal and practical implications of exiting the EU in March 2019 without a deal in place. The notices address a broad range of subjects crossing most areas of legal practice:

  1. Applying for EU-funded programmes

  2. Driving and transport

  3. Farming and fishing

  4. Handling civil legal cases

  5. Importing

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