UPDATE : the Guardian is reporting today, 5th August, that the Technical Notices (restyled as Public Service Information Notices) will be issued by the various responsible government departments (Department for Transport, DEFRA, the Home Office, and BEIS) and not DExEU as first envisaged. The Guardian article is here.
Tim Shipman, Sunday Times is reporting today, 29th July, that the Technical Notices (I posted about earlier) may not necessarily be fully public, and they will be made available not in series, but in a single bloc at the end of August 2018.
I will Blog Post again if/when there is an update.
The EU issued today (19th July) a Communication on preparing for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU on 30 March 2019. It is located in the Other Preparedness activities section of the EU’s Brexit Preparedness online site – here.
The Communication is accompanied by a Factsheet and a Press Release, as you can see from the direct link – here.
The Factsheet makes clear –
” If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified before 30 March 2019, most of the legal effects of Brexit will apply as of 1 January 2021, i.e. after a transition period of 21 months, the terms of which are set out in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.
In the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement, there will be no transition period and EU law will cease to apply to and in the UK as of 30 March 2019.
The negotiations between the EU and the UK on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement are still ongoing. Once negotiations have concluded, the Withdrawal Agreement will need to be ratified. The future relationship between the EU and the UK can only be negotiated after the UK has left the EU.
In addition, even if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified and an agreement on the future relationship is successfully concluded during the transition period, this relationship will not be that of a Member State of the EU.
Therefore, all businesses concerned have to prepare, make all necessary decisions, and complete all required administrative actions, before 30 March 2019 in order to avoid disruption. “
You notice I have been posting about EU Notices and my last post is entitled Brexit Preparedness, and this post identifies the EU is also publishing Brexit Preparedness legislative proposals.
The European Commission has now re-organised the EU Notice site online, and retitled it as Brexit Preparedness.
Today they also show the state of play of planned legislative proposals (at 12 June 2018) as a link from the Legislative initiatives tab on the Brexit Preparedness site. That state of play is here. But you can find for yourself on the site where this document is.
Note : the EU Notices are retitled Preparedness Notices, and are identified by European Commission department. This makes them easier to locate, but at moment they are not sortable by date of issue.
Note : the Notices issued by the EU regulators (described as EU decentralised agencies) are found on the original page – this is linked behind the words “Read more on EU Brexit Preparedness Notices”. Here
The reorganised EU Brexit Preparedness online site is here.
I posted so far a number of times (marked EU Notices) about the guidance issued to stakeholders by the European Commission and the EU regulators. Note : there are now 65 EU Notices issued, and this material is gathered here.
In addition, please note I posted in 2017 about the going forward invalidity of UK issued carbon credits (EUETS scheme).
On 18th April, the FT published an article about approximately 40 new legislative proposals to be issued over the next 10 weeks or so (in addition to the EU Notices). This article is here. At EU level, these legislative proposals are marked “Brexit Preparedness”.
So far :
(1) a wider consultation on WTO schedules (separation of UK from EU) – here.
(2) a proposal on EU type-approval legislation – here.
Yesterday, the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ published an article of a briefing by the Secretary General of the European Commission to the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament (and an associated internal document of the planned Brexit Preparedness legislative proposals).
This article identifies the list of areas for these new proposals – banking, tariffs, energy efficiency, medicines, visa, and transport.
Among the proposals is a plan to design a maritime route to link Ireland and the Continental part of the North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor.