The Commission highlights the importance of intensifying preparedness for Brexit at all levels and encourages all stakeholders that may be affected by the UK’s withdrawal to take the necessary preparedness actions now.
Sections 1 and 2 of the document set out the context for preparation and the necessity for all stakeholders to prepare for the two possible scenarios, the UK’s exit from the EU with or without a Withdrawal Agreement. Stakeholders should be aware of the main consequences of each scenario as outlined in the document.
Sections 3 and 4 give an insight into who needs to prepare for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. Preparedness is not limited to EU institutions or actors at national, regional and local level. The document emphasises that it is important that businesses of all sizes, including small and medium-sized enterprises, prepare and take action now.
It adds that 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, make the necessary economic decisions and conclude all required administrative steps before 30 March 2019.
Examples of necessary legislative changes at an EU level are indicated, some of which relate to the maritime sector.
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport takes this opportunity to draw attention to other technical notices published by the Commission, which set out the legal and practical implications of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and facilitate preparation by EU-27 Member States and by wider stakeholders for the contingency that on 30 March 2019 the UK leaves the EU without a deal on a transitional period having been agreed.
The Department has published four of these notices relevant to maritime transport, as follows: