As announced earlier this summer, the UK Government published the first batch in what is expected to be a series of over 80 Brexit 'no deal' technical notices.
The 25 notices released on 23 August contain information about some of the potential impacts of a 'no deal' scenario for citizens and businesses in the UK, and identify steps that could be taken to mitigate that impact. Earlier this year, 'in view of the considerable uncertainties', the EU published its own 'preparedness notices'.
While the UK Government is committed to reaching a negotiated deal with the EU, it too recognises the urgent need to prepare for a 'no deal' scenario. As Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU put it:
We have a duty, as a responsible government, to plan for every eventuality.
These 'no deal' notices are 'designed to inform people and businesses in the UK about what they may need to do, if we don't reach a deal with the EU.'
The Secretary of State said at the launch of the notices that he is 'confident a good deal is within our sights', but with the deadline for Brexit talks fast approaching, and the number of still unresolved issues (for example a mutually acceptable 'backstop' for the Irish border), a 'no deal' outcome is far from impossible.
We will be producing more sector specific information on these 'no deal' papers, so keep an eye on our Brexit Hub.