How to prepare yourself for Brexit
The departure of the UK from the European Union, initially planned on 29 March 2019, has been further extended to 31 January 2020 at the latest. At this new date, a transition period will begin provided that a withdrawal agreement is reached and ratified by the EU, the European Parliament, and the UK Parliament. Do you have trading relationships with British companies? Contactour experts and assess the potential impact of Brexit on your business!
The options will be the same at the new date: either accept the ‘new’ deal negotiated with the EU or leave the union with no-deal and fall under the WTO’s rules. Other less likely options are to be considered: a second referendum or a unilateral revocation of Article 50.
As announced just before the deadline of 31/10/2019, a new extension until 31st January 2020 has been requested and early general elections were held on 12th December 2019 ensuring a comfortable majority in the PM’s party, which suggests that the deal negotiated with the EU will continue on its way as planned.
However, if no withdrawal agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom is reached, there will be no transition period.
Given the current uncertainty, prevention is better than cure. And at both Belgian and European level, measures have been put in place to support you.
The FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy has developed a tab on its website entirely dedicated to BREXIT: its context, its consequences, the issues arising from it…
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Whatever form Brexit takes, what is certain is that commercial exchanges with the United Kingdom will be marked by customs formalities and border controls.
In a “No Deal” scenario, after the departure of the United Kingdom we can expect changes to the practicalities of trading with the country, such as the imposition of customs procedures and duties, in addition to potential changes in compliance standards for exported products.
For services, new measures limiting access to the market may be implemented. These would affect the ability of EU workers to settle in, or be posted to, the United Kingdom.
In this context, the European Commission has produced a series of “preparation sheets” for each sector of activity.
If you are exporting agri-food products to or from the United Kingdom, you can visit the website of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), which has compiled all useful information on the sanitary and phytosanitary conditions for import and export(link is external) on its website (French/Dutch).
Financial incentives for exporters
Once the United Kingdom has officially left the European Union, it will be covered by funding for non-EU prospecting. Discover financial incentives for exporters! Consultancy support is also available (e.g. legal advice).
In its capacity as the Brussels Agency for Business Support, hub.brussles is following the negotiations closely.
The United Kingdom, for its part, published the following documents:
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