Just in case there’s no Brexit deal

Publication date

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Approval date

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

We have already had three batches of technical notices from the Government giving advice on what might happen in the “unlikely event” that the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place (see “Expect the best, prepare for the worst”, “No deal Brexit – part two” and “Pets, patents, planes: Preparing for a no deal Brexit”).

Now comes a third batch of 29 notices covering a wide range of sectors from rail transport to pesticides, from commercial fishing to existing free trade agreements and from the safety of chemicals to accounting and audit services.

They can all be found in a list integrated with the previous batches of notices at https://bit.ly/2Mrzfkr: the easiest way to identify the most recent additions is to search under their publication date (12 October 2018).

As with the previous batches, they all open with a statement from the Government to the effect that it remains unlikely, given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome, that the UK will leave the EU without agreement.

In which case, of course, all these guidance and advice notes will be redundant but the Government sees its responsibility as providing information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations.

The latest collection

Animal welfare

  • Breeding animals

  • Taking horses abroad

  • Trading and moving endangered species protected by CITES

Arts and entertainment

  • Exporting objects of cultural interest

  • Geo-blocking of online content (from providers such as Netflix and Spotify when travelling in the EU)


  • Structuring your business (cross-border operations)

Consumer protection

  • Consumer rights

Dangerous substances

  • Control on mercury

  • Control on persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

  • Classifying, labelling and packaging chemicals

  • Export and import of hazardous chemicals

  • Regulating biocidal products

  • Regulating pesticides


  • Trading gas with the EU

  • Trading electricity


  • Maintaining the continuity of waste shipments

  • Meeting climate change requirements

Food safety

  • Exporting GM (genetically modified) food and animal feed products

  • Health marks on meat, fish and dairy products

  • Importing high-risk food and animal feed

  • Plant variety rights and marketing of seed and propagating material

Foreign policy

  • Funding for British Overseas Territories


  • Accounting and audit

  • Providing services including those of a qualified professional


  • Existing free trade agreements

  • Sanctions policy


  • Meeting rail safety rules and standards