Travelling to the UK (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October 2019

(or it may be the later date of 31st January 2020 – I will put a separate post if/when the Exit day changes to 31st January 2020)

Announced yesterday (4th September) by the UK Home Office – confirmation of return of the International Border – here

* no blue EU customs channel at ports/airports

* all travellers to UK must declare to customs (by choosing the red or green channel)

* blue UK passports in 2019 (passport renewals)

* no right to permanent residence for EU arrivals (this will be by Statutory Instrument)

* visitors and travellers for short trips will be let in

* stays beyond 3 months must be covered by successful applications to online Euro TLR (these can be made whilst in UK, and up to 31st December 2020)

* Euro TLR will permit one 3-yr stay only

* Euro TLR will permit work and property rental

* Employers not obliged to distinguish between Settled Status and Euro TLR workers until Jan 2021 (when new points-based Immigration system introduced)

* Foreigners owning UK property is unaffected (I believe – the announcement is silent) – but note the visitation restriction

6th Brexit Preparedness (EU Exit)

Exit day is 31st October (unless a later date is sought by the UK and agreed by the EU)

Yesterday (3rd September) the EU issued its 6th Brexit Preparedness Package. Here.

This contains an updated Brexit Checklist here.

Please read this September 2019 Brexit Preparedness Checklist carefully.

Core actions to be checked are set out in boxes.

Please note the unilateral extension of some timelines in the EU contingency measures here.

Update on GB stickers (NI Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October (for the moment)

I posted yesterday with Warning re Get Ready Brexit Checker, and I said the reader should check in-country (the receiving country).

Statement from @deptinfra on GB stickers (posted by @DarranMarshal, twitter)

“The requirement that all UK motorists driving in Ireland should display a GB sticker stems from the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. It is not an EU requirement & is not affected by Brexit.”

UK Get Ready Brexit Checker says all UK vehicles will be required to have a GB sticker when travelling in the Republic post Brexit.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Infrastructure statement:

“We are not aware of any occasion when this has been enforced by the Irish government.”

Exit day changes (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October (this date is in a UK Statutory Instrument that is commenced)

Later today Parliament will seek to gain agreement for a motion to take control tomorrow 4th September to debate (and enact) a Bill – the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill 2019 – brought by persons other than the Johnson-DUP administration.

This Bill (if enacted) would oblige the Prime Minister to seek to extend the Exit day to 31st January 2020 by letter in the form set out in the Schedule (and to accept immediately any EU agreement to extension – and to accept any other EU proposed extension in two days unless the House of Commons rejects it) –

unless by 19th October Parliament consents to Exit without a deal or it agrees to a new deal with the EU.

If the Bill is agreed (passed), I will issue a new Blog post.

As a Bill it will need to be agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The Johnson-DUP administration already has Crown powers (available to it) to suspend Parliament during dates in September and October.

Hazardous Waste RPS (England)

HMG yesterday updated the Hazardous Waste Rules (England) (its a Regulatory Position Statement – RPS) so that it applies to engineers and operators, and reflects the scenario where an organisation removing waste can also be a holder.

Here.

This will appear on Subscribers’ systems in due course.

Also scroll down to the section on Cross Border Movements – I Blog posted about this matter in the early part of 2019. And note the Environment Agency has issued specifics re waste stockpiling on site. I Blog posted about this also – check the Waste category in the Blog Archive.

Warning – Get Ready Brexit Checker (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October

It’s been drawn to my attention that the Department for Transport is asserting GB stickers must be affixed to vehicles. The text below (** text **) was showing yesterday on the Get Ready Brexit Checker, but is not showing today. Plus it is showing in the linked Guidance from Transport Goods out of the UK Instructions posted today in gov dot UK.

So the situation is confused. It may be the Get Ready Brexit Checker is simplifying. Please check with relevant Ministries and Agencies and in particular the authorities in the EU country being visited (they will be the enforcers not the UK).

** text **

UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (a circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on a blue background) don’t need to fix a GB sticker to the rear of their vehicle when driving in EU countries. In non-EU countries, a GB sticker must still be displayed on the rear of UK-registered motor vehicles, caravans or trailers. Most motoring organisations and many tour operators will supply GB stickers.