Manufacturers gear-up for a 'no-deal' Brexit

Brexit Partners have been increasingly focused on a no-deal Brexit and its impacts and mitigations whilst working with businesses across industry sectors.

We note and applaud BMW for their decisive and imaginative contingency plan.  The Mini factory in Oxford will shut down for a month after Brexit.

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Migration Advisory Committee takes a hard line on a ‘hard Brexit’

Today’s report from the independent Migration Advisory Committee  concludes that post-Brexit - and in particular a in post ‘no-deal’ Brexit - EU citizens should be treated no differently to any other citizen of the World when it comes to applying for rights to enter, stay and work in the UK. 

The reaction of industries that have labour shortages - be that for the highly-skilled or the less-skilled - has been consternation about the future viability of the services and produce that they supply to UK users and consumers.

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UK 'No-Deal' technical notices highlight impacts that nobody saw coming

A second tranche of 28 ‘technical notices’ was published this week by UK Government.  This brings the total to over 50 topics – each explaining what firms and individuals will have to do in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  If the UK leaves without a deal, one of them states that the UK will no longer be part of the program that warns objects heading downwards from space…and that’s one impact nobody saw coming!

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EU remains strongly opposed to Chequers proposal – increasing chances of a no-deal Brexit

We agree with Theresa May’s view that it was right for the government to prepare for a no-deal scenario - even though this would create "real challenges for both the UK and the EU" in some sectors.

The rifts in political parties in the UK; the requirement for the EU to resist any deal that compromises integrity of the market; and the sheer timescale needed to conclude and implement the most comprehensive and unique trade deal undertaken by the EU in its 50 years history increases the chances for a no-deal Brexit.

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No deal Brexit will be overwhelmingly negative for the UK, new academic report finds.

A no deal Brexit will have a potentially large impact across a wide range of sectors and regions a new report by academic think tank The UK in a Changing Europe finds. The report, Cost of No Deal Revisited, finds a chaotic Brexit – where the UK fails to sign a withdrawal agreement – would generate short-term uncertainties including the disappearance, without replacement, of many of the rules underpinning the UK’s economic and regulatory structures.

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No-deal Brexit significantly impacts Finance & Banking sector – with consequences for business and personal customers

It will become clear as this piece unfolds, that the UK will need to enact a considerable number and range of ‘temporary measures’ in order to protect UK based individuals and companies in their daily business.  It is equally clear that the EU has to match this in order to protect EU based citizens – and at the time of writing, this remains nothing more than an unfulfilled UK wish-list.  It paints a stark picture of a no-deal Brexit.

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Brexit Minister reports slow and no Brexit progress when questioned by Parliament

Summoned to Parliamentary scrutiny on Brexit, Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union answered questions on: “the state of play in the negotiations; the Ireland / Northern Ireland backstop; the proposed new Facilitated Customs Arrangement; and preparations for a no deal outcome.”

Light on detail, little progress was reported on some key issues.

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EU Citizens rights to remain in post-Brexit UK remain uncertain.

A holding statement has been posted on the “GOV.UK” with the caveat that: “full details of the scheme are still subject to approval by Parliament.”  The tone contrasts with Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, who has since said that: “The UK will ‘move swiftly’ to safeguard the future of EU citizens in the event of no deal being agreed.”After the latest round of ongoing talks in Brussels on Tuesday (21 August 2018), Raab said in a BBC interview that the UK had a "moral obligation" to people and it was "inconceivable" they would be "turfed out."

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