Brexit preparedness notices from the European Commission

The European Commission have published a diverse array of preparedness documents for businesses in all sectors in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The preparedness  notices set out the consequences of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without a formal, ratified agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

They cover a range of policies, such as upholding EU food and safety laws, imports and exports, to travelling and climate.

You can download these notices in 22 different languages.

Visit the notice relevant for you or your company HERE

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Spanish Citizens living in the UK and UK Citizens living in Spain- protecting your citizen rights

Securing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK (and vice-versa) is an important dimension of the Withdrawal Agreement and future UK-EU negotiations.

For instance, in 2016, there were almost 300,000 British citizens resident in Spain for 12 months or more, while 116,000 Spaniards were living in the UK (Source: Office for National Statistics).

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With a Withdrawal Agreement

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period up until 31 December 2020, which may be extended. During the transition period, your rights under EU Law will be maintained.

Without a Withdrawal Agreement

If no Withdrawal Agreement is signed or ratified, the UK may pass its own laws. However, the United Kingdom will guarantee certain rights to EU citizens who are resident in the UK at the withdrawal date (29th March 2019).

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The government of Spain have published an insightful ‘Brexit preparation guide’ for Spanish nationals living in the UK, or a British Citizen residing in Spain. For a more detailed view, you can read the article HERE, or click on the image below to be re-directed!

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Speech and Reaction to the UK Parliament’s rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement.

An early response the UK Parliaments decision not to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement was provided in speeches by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the occasion of the debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

These can be read here.

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Help for EU Nationals applying to the Settlement Scheme in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire

Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme will be conducted online. Consequently, EU Nationals will need to digitally access a computer, laptop or mobile phone in order to complete the application.

The Home Office has an Assisted Digital Service which has been set up to
help people who have problems with digital access. The service aims to ensure that nobody is excluded from making an immigration application due to lack of digital skills or access to a computer. A general outline on the role that these hubs will play can be read HERE

Furthermore, the assisted digital service will provide EU Nationals wishing to apply for either pre-Settled or Settled status help in the form of telephone support or face-to-face  at a library or another suitable location. It is important to note that these centres do not offer Immigration advice.

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Currently, these are the locations where you can access help within the East Midlands North sphere:

  • Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street.
  • 4 Nottingham locations: Main Street (Bulwell), Mary Potter Centre (Gregory Boulevard), Angel Row, and St Anne’s Valley Centre.
  • Sneinton Library, 206 Sneinton Dale, Nottinghamshire.
  • Worksop Library, Memorial Avenue, Nottinghamshire.

There are other nearby locations in Staffordshire, Leicestershire, and Yorkshire- the list could be updated in the coming months. A full list of assisted digital service locations can be found HERE.

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Your consumer rights after Brexit

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a process that lets disputes between a consumer and a business be settled outside the courtroom. The Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures make sure that you have access to a high quality and transparent resolution process regardless of where you live in the EU.

Up until the 29th March 2019, your rights as a UK consumer will remain the same.

In the event of a no-deal, after the 29th March, Businesses and consumers will no longer be able to access the Online Dispute Resolution platform. Therefore, as a UK consumer purchasing a product from another EU member state, you will need to check that country’s legislation protection and ensure it will protect your consumer rights.

On the other hand, leaving with a deal will ensure that your consumer rights remain the same up until the 31st December 2020 (throughout the implementation).

Select the images below and find out more information on:

Package travel after Brexit

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Timeshare after Brexit

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Alternative & Online Disputes

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The UK’s European Consumer Centre is an invaluable tool if you need help and advice when buying products or travelling in Europe. Their contact details are below:

+44(0)1268 886 690 (lines open 9am – 5pm)

As always, if you have any further questions, the Europe Direct East Midlands North team would be more than happy to assist, and help resolve your query.

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First e-newsletter of 2019!

Our first e-newsletter of the year (albeit a short one!) is now live. Click on the image below to be re-directed to the newsletter release.

buying goods in euIf you live in , or and have European-related questions on citizenship, living, studying and working in the UK post-Brexit, trade, or if you simply want to find out more about the project, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Thank you,

The Europe Direct East Midlands North team.