Last reviewed 4 November 2019

The decision by the EU to grant the UK a further Brexit extension has not reduced the volume of no-deal advice and guidance emanating from Government Departments with the latest concerning import licences and certificates in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

After Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to ask the EU for an extension beyond his “do or die” deadline of 31 October 2019, the other Member States decided to make a flexible offer which means that the UK will leave on 31 January 2020 unless the Withdrawal Agreement is accepted before that date.

It could then leave on either 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020.

The possibility still remains, however, that the two sides could eventually fail to reach an agreement and the Government is therefore continuing with its no-deal planning.

The latest guidance explains how the licences, certificates and special rules to bring different types of goods into the UK will change after a no-deal Brexit.

Available at GOV.UK, it covers: animals, plants, food and agricultural products; medicine, tissues and cells for human application; and chemicals, hazardous chemicals and waste.

In the last-named category, EU countries will not be allowed to export waste for disposal, or export mixed municipal waste for recovery, to the UK under European law. The rules for shipping non-notified waste for recycling under the Green List Control procedures will stay the same.

With regard to the export and import of hazardous chemicals from and into Europe after Brexit, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said: “Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.”