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How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal - message from UK Government

24 Aug 2018

The UK Government this week published its first batch of ‘technical notices’ which aim to help business prepare in the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

They firmly believe it is in the interests of both the EU and the UK to strike a deal and this remains the goal for both sides. They are confident this will be achieved, but it is the job of a responsible Government to prepare for all scenarios, including the unlikely event that the UK will reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal.

They have carried out very significant preparations, but are now stepping up the pace, and will publish a series of notices over the next few weeks, so businesses and citizens have time to prepare and can make informed plans and preparations.

This does not reflect an increased likelihood of ‘no deal;’ such an acceleration, at this time, was long-planned to ensure plans are in place by March 2019 in the unlikely scenario they are needed.

They believe a ‘no deal’ scenario, where the UK leaves the EU without agreement, remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome. They are working with the EU’s negotiating team at pace to agree the terms of our future relationship alongside the Withdrawal Agreement later this year. However, until they can be certain of the outcome of those negotiations it their duty to prepare for all eventualities.

For two years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day 1 in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019.

The technical notices can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal .

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