17 September 2018

In August 2018, the Government published the first 25 in a series of technical notices on planning for what it called the unlikely event of the UK leaving the EU in March next year with no deal (see “Expect the best, prepare for the worst”).

Those notices focused on areas such as trade, VAT, medicines and workplace rights.

The Government has now published a further 28 notices, all of which can be accessed via https://bit.ly/2QsImED and all of which emphasise the point made in the previous notices: “A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.”

The latest set of plans for a no-deal scenario include guidance on what will happen to those organisations receiving support from major EU funding programmes such as the European Social Fund (ESF), the LIFE environment programme and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) energy programme.

Of more general interest is the notice which describes how holders of UK driving licences would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Those planning on driving in other Member States if no agreement is reached with the EU will probably need to buy an International Driving Permit. Unfortunately, as the Government points out, “there are different types of IDP. Which one you need depends on which country you are driving in”.

Other notices highlight how rules for civil, commercial, insolvency and family law cases involving EU countries would change and how appointing a nominated person to carry out duties on your behalf when selling certain goods would be affected.

Details of travelling with firearms may be of only niche interest but thousands of firms will be affected by further guidance on trading arrangements — including importing and exporting non-harmonised goods and trading in harmonised goods regulated under the “New Approach”.

Among other areas covered by the September batch of notices are: the UK’s space programmes; accessing future public procurement contract opportunities; using mobile phones outside the UK; data protection; and environmental standards (including industrial and vehicle emissions).