European Commission starts to implement its Brexit ‘no-deal’ Contingency Action Plan

Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 13:37

Following a call by the European Council to intensify preparedness work at all levels and for all Brexit outcomes, the European Commission has started implementing its ‘no deal’ Contingency Action Plan.

The Commission has given details of 14 measures in a limited number of areas where a no-deal scenario would create major disruption for citizens and businesses in the EU27. These areas include financial services, air transport, customs, and climate policy.

The Commission says that it ‘considers it essential and urgent to adopt these measures today to ensure that the necessary contingency measures can enter into application on 30 March 2019 in order to limit the most significant damage caused by a no-deal scenario in these areas’.

In many areas the contingency plans will not guarantee business-as-usual in a no-deal scenario but are designed to limit disruption as far as is feasible. Many of the measures are also dependent on the UK reciprocating.

The measures do not provide a substitute for the Brexit business continuity plans that impacted companies should have in place.

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