Brexit: EU says it has completed its no-deal preparations


Brussels says it has accomplished its preparations for a no-deal Brexit and warned that it’s “more and more doubtless” that the UK will crash out.

In a press release launched on Monday the European Commission mentioned “preparedness and contingency work”, which it has been conducting since December 2017, was now completed.

The announcement comes days after EU leaders agreed to a request by Theresa May to increase the UK’s Brexit date – although not by so long as she had requested for. 

Article 50 has now been prolonged till April 12, which means the UK will crash out with no deal if it doesn’t go the withdrawal settlement by then, safe an extra extension, or unilaterally cancel the Brexit course of.

If MPs approve the withdrawal settlement this week the EU has additionally granted an extra extension to Could 22 – simply earlier than the European Parliament elections. An extra, lengthy extension may be offered till at the least the tip of the 12 months – however provided that the UK indicators that it desires to take part within the elections and does so earlier than April 12.

The European Fee says it has revealed 90 preparedness notices, three Fee Communications, and has made 19 legislative proposals so as to take care of the attainable penalties of a no-deal Brexit.

Brussels has additionally been liaising with EU member states, who’re liable for a lot preparatory work. The Fee mentioned on Monday visits to the 27 international locations had proven a ”excessive diploma of preparation by member states for all situations”.

In a press release, a spokesperson for the Fee mentioned: “Whereas the European Union continues to hope that it’s going to not be the case, because of this if the Withdrawal Settlement shouldn’t be ratified by Friday 29 March, a ‘no-deal’ situation could happen on 12 April.

“The EU has ready for this situation and has remained united all through its preparations. It’s now essential that everybody is prepared for and conscious of the sensible penalties a ‘no-deal’ situation brings.”

The EU’s no-deal measures embody short-term fixes for issues that might in any other case come up with with monetary companies, flights, freight, fisheries entry, and the Erasmus programme. 

It has additionally mentioned it should present continued funding of the PEACE programme in Northern Eire, and arrange a framework by which the UK may conform to proceed to the EU finances.

The Fee will even safeguard visa free journey between the UK and EU, although officers say British travellers will not be capable to use EU passport management lanes and might want to get their passports stamped.

There are additionally measures in place safeguard the cost of pensions to most UK and EU nationals dwelling overseas.

On the subject of the Northern Irish border, which has plagued talks, officers have mentioned there must be checks and disruption – successfully a tough border – however that they’ll work with the Irish authorities to make them as unobtrusive as attainable.

The EU says lots of the fixes are short-term and that they can not characterize a long-term relationship between the UK and the bloc.

The impact of a no-deal Brexit is predicted to be considerably extra intense on the UK than on the EU. The UK’s no-deal Brexit planning is named Operation Yellowhammer and covers 12 areas together with vitality, transport, healthcare, and meals. The Ministry of Defence has additionally put 3,500 troops on standby.

Results of a no-deal on the UK are anticipated to incorporate main disruption at ports and airports, rising costs, financial recession, and attainable shortages of some meals and medicines.

Polls recommend the general public would favor to stay than depart with no deal, however some Brexiteers have mentioned they nonetheless need to depart anyway regardless of the predictions that it could hurt the nation.

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