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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001699-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Adam Szejnfeld (PPE)

 Subject:  Support for European businesses which will suffer as a result of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
 Answer in writing 

There can be no doubt that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU is a major challenge for European companies. The action taken by the Commission to provide stakeholders with the relevant information on administrative and customs procedures, among other things, enabling them to avoid disruptions to their activities, is therefore to be commended.

However, the protracted uncertainty about the final date and the manner of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU is already resulting in tangible losses. The United Kingdom is a crucial element in complex, elaborate value chains, which is why a chaotic departure of the UK from the EU would hit businesses which are particularly dependent on imports and exports the hardest.

Of course, a no-deal Brexit would have the most severe impact, with economists forecasting a wave of bankruptcies in the UK, which would have a direct impact on the situation of businesses in Europe.

In view of the EU’s preparations in recent months for the UK’s departure, I would like to ask the Commission what support businesses which will suffer particularly in the event of a no-deal Brexit can expect to receive?

Have preparations been made to provide special ‘safety-net’ programmes to make it easier for companies to adapt to the new business environment?

Original language of question: PL 
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