Brexit – In the words of Marvin Gaye, “What’s going on?”
The confusion surrounding Brexit, Article 50, and what may happen on and after March 29th 2019 is widespread (and valid).
There are many decisions still to be finalised regarding immigration, trade and customs, and other aspects of international movement. It is almost certain that the way we perceive all these things today will change.
Do not panic, however. If you are an existing client, we will update you with anything you might need to know regarding our work with you.
If you aren’t yet a client, check back to this website from time to time as the date draws closer.
We will attempt to have the most up-to-date and relevant information here, to help make the transition as stress-free as possible for you.
What is known so far?
Almost everything depends upon whether Britain leaves the EU with a deal or without a deal.
Travel Visas: Under the Brexit deal, EU citizens and UK nationals will continue to be able to travel freely with a passport or identity card until the end of the transition period in December 2020.
After this period ends, the European Commission has offered visa-free travel for UK nationals coming to the EU for a short stay, as long as the UK offers the same in return.
British citizens will, however, have to pay €7 (£6.30) every three years to travel to EU countries.
If Brexit happens without a deal, UK citizens hoping to travel to the EU for up to 90 days will not have to apply for a visa – but the European Commission has said the EU’s offer of visa-free travel to the UK was “entirely conditional upon the UK also granting reciprocal and non-discriminatory visa-free travel for all EU member states”.
Pet Passports: The UK introduced the pet passport scheme in 2000, replacing the previous quarantine laws. It means you and your dog, cat or ferret can travel between the UK and the EU (and other participating countries) as long as it has a passport, a microchip and has been vaccinated against rabies.
If the UK leaves with a deal, the pet passport scheme (introduced by the UK in 2000) will continue to allow your dog cat or ferret to travel between the UK and the EU (and other participating countries) as long as it has a passport, a microchip and has been vaccinated against rabies.
If there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.
The European Medical Agency (EMA) issues certificates for pharmaceuticals for the EU. It was based in the UK, but is in the process of moving to the Netherlands. It has moved preemptively, as it must be based within the EU, so any form of Brexit (deal or no deal) will need it to move to the continent. Pending the final deal, or lack thereof, this does not prevent UK pharmaceutical companies having certificates issued by the EMA, though will increase the cost.
As you may have noticed, Britain has not left the European Union. This was scheduled to happen on the 29th of March, but has been delayed.
At the moment, there is absolutely to way to be certain whether Brexit will happen, nor whether there will be an agreed deal in place.
Currently, April 12th is the next date upon which we will either have a concrete answer, or a further extension to the process.