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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
E-003867/2018(ASW)
Answer given by President Juncker on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003867/2018

Preparedness for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom is a joint effort of EU, national, regional and local levels, as well as by economic operators.

The Commission started raising awareness already at the end of 2017 through the publication of technical notices(1) that set out the legal and practical implications of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.

To date, the Commission has published 68 such notices, covering a wide range of areas (such as health and food safety, transport, financial stability, environment, internal market, customs, company law and professional qualifications), including EU food law(2). In several areas the notices are accompanied by Questions and Answers published on the website of individual Commission Directorates-General and services, or EU agencies.

Further details about the Commission's Brexit preparedness work can be found in the communication ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019 (COM(2018) 556 final of 19 July 2018)(3) ’ which was accompanied by a factsheet on Brexit preparations specifically addressed to businesses(4).

Private actors, business operators and professionals need to take responsibility for their individual situation, assess the potential impacts of a cliff-edge scenario on their business model, take all required administrative steps and take the necessary economic decisions before 30 March 2019.

The Commission will continue and increase its preparedness work as a matter of the highest priority. It stands ready to adapt to the developments in the negotiations in order to best serve the citizens and businesses.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness/preparedness-notices_en
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/notice_brexit_eu_food_law.pdf
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/preparing-withdrawal-united-kingdom-european-union-30-march-2019_en
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/factsheet-preparing-withdrawal-brexit-preparedness-web_0.pdf

Last updated: 14 September 2018Legal notice