EU Commission implements contingency action plan for ‘no deal’ Brexit, sector specific measures

Author: Nigel Davis


LONDON (ICIS)--The European Commission is moving ahead “urgently” with implementation of its Contingency Action Plan in the face of Brexit uncertainty, it said on Wednesday.

The plan includes interim measures on citizens rights as well as specific actions relating to sectors such as air and road transport, regulation and financial services.

The Commission - the EU's executive body - is also urging the remaining 27 EU Member States not to enter into bilateral agreements or arrangements with the UK as it prepares for the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

It stressed that if the EU’s Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified by the UK, “all relevant EU legislation on imported goods and exported goods will apply as of the withdrawal date”.

It is, however, proposing measures to ensure citizens rights, both within the EU and the UK.

For road haulage, a vital logistics lifeline for exporting and importing chemical manufacturers, the Commission said it had adopted a measure to “ensure basic connectivity” that would allow goods to flow between the UK and the EU.

It is also working to avoid interruption to air travel.

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Pictured: The UK's Port of Dover, a key transport route to the rest of Europe; archive image
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