Friday, 20 July 2018

Brexit negotiations - Preparing for No Deal - Reaction to White Paper

19 July:

The EU Commission, in a Press Release 19 July,  has adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.  The Press Release states -

On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country. This will have repercussions for citizens, businesses and administrations in both the United Kingdom and the EU. These repercussions range from new controls at the EU's outer border with the UK, to the validity of UK-issued licences, certificates and authorisations and to different rules for data transfers.

Today's text calls on Member States and private parties to step up preparations and follows a request by the European Council (Article 50) last month to intensify preparedness at all levels and for all outcomes.

Preparing for the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU

The Commission has also issued Brexit Preparedness Notices addressing numerous sectors.

20 July:

The Prime  Minister spoke in Belfast - read the Speech.

The EU's Chief Negotiator - Mr Michel Barnier - gave his reaction to the White Paper.  Mr Barnier's remarks followed the General Affairs Council meeting.  Video of Press Conference.


Prime Minister's speeches - Lancaster House (January 2017),  Florence (September 2017),  Munich Security Conference (February 2018),  Mansion House (March 2018).

Draft Withdrawal Agreement - March 2018

Negotiation Documents

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