Technical Notices: Contingency Plans for a No deal Brexit. How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

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Series Details August-October 2018
Publication Date 12/10/2018
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The UK government began to publish on the 23 August 2018 the first in a series of technical notices designed to prepare the UK for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Seventy separate 'technical notices' were published between August and October 2018. The notices included advice for businesses, citizens and public bodies. The UK Government considered that a no-deal Brexit scenario 'remains unlikely' but believed it should 'prepare for all eventualities' until the outcome of the negotiations with the EU was known.

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would mean that the UK left the EU on the 29 March 2019 and become a third country without a formal agreement in place between the UK and the EU.

The documents covered papers under the following themes:

+ Overview
+ Applying for EU-funded programmes
+ Driving and transport
+ Civil nuclear and nuclear research
+ Farming
+ Handling civil legal cases
+ Importing and exporting
+ Labelling products and making them safe
+ Meeting business regulations
+ Money and tax
+ Personal data and consumer rights
+ Protecting the environment
+ Regulating energy
+ Regulating medicines and medical equipment
+ Sanctions
+ Satellites and space
+ Seafaring
+ State aid
+ Studying in the UK or EU
+ Travelling between the UK and the EU
+ Workplace rights

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The European Commission had issued a Communication on preparing for the UK's withdrawal from the EU in July 2018, which had outlined the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

The free market think tank Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) responded to the Technical Notices by issued a series IEA 'No Deal' Fear-checker. The IEA said that the aim of the series was to help separate theoretical risks from reality as the UK prepared to leave the EU - Project Fear from Project Fact. Each Briefing looked at a particular warning about the impact of leaving the EU without a deal, assessed the problem, and outlined what can be done to fix it.

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