Government issues updates on preparations for leaving EU

Following the earlier report in eBulletin issue 875, the IAAF has been asked by the Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to advise members on the updates relating to the Government’s preparations for leaving the EU. The updates cover four main areas:

  1. Partnership pack to support businesses contingency planning
  2. Guidance – The automotive sector and preparing for EU Exit
  3. Department for Transport guidance on vehicle type approval
  4. Ministerial Statement on EU Free Trade Agreements

1. Partnership pack

The partnership pack has been developed to help businesses contingency planning and think about how they will need to adapt their business to comply with new systems, processes and controls; assess the impact of the increased demand for customs declarations on their business; consider whether they need to recruit and train additional staff and stay up-to-date with these changes.

You can see the full details at the following link:

2. The automotive sector and preparing for EU Exit

BEIS has created a webpage which contains guidance aimed at supporting businesses preparing for a potential No Deal EU Exit, which specifically focuses on the automotive industry. BEIS would welcome feedback on the information contained on this page, which should be sent to . This resource is accessible at the following link:

3. Type approval guidance

The Department For Transport’s Technical Notice on vehicle type approval, initially published on the 13th of September 2018, has been updated and a new version published here. The new notice also contains links to further published guidance, including the VCA’s guidance on applying for the UK type approval scheme.

4. Ministerial Statement on EU FTAs

The Department for International Trade last week published a Written Ministerial Statement and new guidance on the replication of EU Free Trade Agreements. Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. However, it is only responsible for Government to prepare for all eventualities. The Department for International Trade is continuing to work with countries to transition individual trade agreements in the event of no deal to avoid disruption for businesses.

Several agreements, most notably Switzerland and Chile, have already been signed and in several other cases negotiations are at an advanced stage. The statement clarifies that not all agreements will be in place by 29 March, notably Turkey and Japan. Regarding the progress of specific negotiations, guidance will now be continuously updated to reflect which agreements have been signed. We shall continue to keep you informed as the situation develops.

If there is a deal with the EU before we leave, the UK can continue to trade with the whole world on the same terms as we do today for the duration of the implementation period.

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