Close  
  • share this

EU completes no-deal Brexit preparations

/ 07:29 PM March 25, 2019

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The EU announced Monday it has completed its preparations for Britain crashing out of the bloc without a divorce accord, as fears of a chaotic “no-deal” Brexit grow.

“As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its ‘no-deal’ preparations,” the commission, the bloc’s executive arm, said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

The gloomily worded statement came just days after Brussels agreed to postpone Brexit from its previous March 29 deadline.

Unless British lawmakers approve a withdrawal agreement to ease the country out of the bloc, EU rules and agreements built up over 46 years of membership will cease to apply overnight, threatening havoc in almost every domain of life.

FEATURED STORIES

The commission outlined measures in 13 key areas, from rules on flying and road transport to travel regulations, fishing rights and banking — while stressing that they would only reduce the disruption, not prevent it altogether.

“The EU’s contingency measures will not — and cannot — mitigate the overall impact of a ‘no-deal’ scenario, nor do they in any way compensate for the lack of preparedness or replicate the full benefits of EU membership,” the commission statements said.

“These proposals are temporary in nature, limited in scope and will be adopted unilaterally by the EU. They are not ‘mini-deals’ and have not been negotiated with the UK.”

This last sentence is aimed at the numerous Brexit supporters in the British parliament who have sought to argue that the contingency measures would mean a no-deal exit would not be as bad as many fear.

Under no deal, the EU will immediately apply its rules at the border with the UK — including customs checks, food safety inspections and verification of EU standards — leading to long delays at busy crossing points such as Channel ports and the Channel Tunnel.

British citizens travelling to the EU will limited to 90-day stays and would immediately be subject to tighter passport checks — including possibly being asked to prove the purpose of their visit and that they have enough money to support themselves. /ee

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Brexit, EU, European Union, International news, no deal Brexit
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.