Brexit Update

View from the German-British Chamber on the Brexit Situation, with links to key information sources.

Director's Letter: April 2019

“History teaches that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”

This is what the Israeli statesmen Abba Eban said in a speech in London in 1970. Let’s hope that this statement still has validity in the London of today. After Wednesday’s vote in parliament a no-deal Brexit may be off the table for the time being but in the end cannot be ruled out. In any case, the longer term outcome of Brexit is as unclear as ever and this is a key problem for many businesses. In the current political climate we can expect uncertainty to continue for many years to come and the resulting detrimental effects...

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Additional Information

  • EU Elections 2019
  • DIHK Brexit Survey
  • EU Citizens' Rights
  • The Brexit Deal explained
  • EU Exit: Legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement

EU Elections 2019

If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK

If the UK takes part in European Parliament elections on 23 May and you’re a citizen of an EU country (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) resident in the UK, you can either vote in the UK or in your home country. 

DIHK Brexit Survey

The nationwide DIHK survey "Going International 2019" was conducted with the support of 79 chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs) in Germany. More than 2,100 foreign companies based in Germany took part in the survey in February 2019. The results of this special evaluation on Brexit are based on the responses of around 1,500 companies with business connections to the UK.

The trade volume between Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) amounted to 119 billion euros in 2018. Around 750,000 jobs in Germany depend on trade with the UK. To date, German companies have built up investments worth over 140 billion euros. About 2,500 branches of German companies are located in the UK and employ more than 400,000 people. British companies have 1,500 branches in Germany and employ around 270,000 people.

Form of business activity in the United Kingdom (share of enterprises)
Exports of goods or services to the United Kingdom63%
Imports of goods or services from the United Kingdom30%
With a branch / office in the United Kingdom17%
We employ British citizens13%
We employ German nationals in our UK office3%

EU Citizens' Rights

Find the information you need about your rights as an EU Citizen living in the UK

The result of the referendum on the United Kingdom's EU membership has created uncertainty in the lives of EU27/EEA citizens and their families in the UK. This website provides information for European citizens concerned about their EU rights, their rights after Brexit and what they need to do to stay in the UK.

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The Brexit Deal explained

On 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom will leave the European Union – fulfilling the democratic decision taken by the British public.

We have achieved a deal with the EU that delivers on that decision, a deal the nation can unite behind and one that Parliament should back.

It is time to get on with it.

If we back this Brexit Deal, it means:

  • We will control our own borders and end free movement once and for all
  • We will protect jobs with a deal that is good for our economy
  • We will no longer send vast sums of money to the EU so we can spend more on our priorities, like investing in our long term plan for the NHS
  • We will be able to strike free trade deals around the world
  • We will take back control of our laws, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK
  • We will keep people safe against crime, terrorism and other threats by working closely with European countries
  • And we will protect the integrity of our United Kingdom

However, if we reject this deal, we will go back to square one.
This would mean:

  • Damaging uncertainty which will threaten jobs, investment and the economy
  • More division
  • Less time to focus on the issues that matter here at home, like the NHS and our schools

So this is the choice: Backing the deal in the national interest so we can build a brighter future – or going back to square one by rejecting it.

However you voted, now is the time to come together. It is time to get on with it.

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EU Exit: Legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement


  1. This document describes the overall legal effect of the draft Withdrawal Agreement of 25 November 2018 (‘the Agreement’). It considers each Part of the Agreement, together with the Protocols on Ireland/Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, and describes the overall legal effect of the provisions.
  2. The Agreement is a treaty which will be binding on the EU1 and the UK under international law. The EU Treaties(2) will cease to apply to the UK from the date that the Agreement enters into force (‘exit day’), at which point the UK’s ongoing legal relationship with the EU will be governed by the terms of the Agreement. The Agreement sets out the arrangements for the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU’s legal framework following a ‘transition (or implementation) period’, and for those purposes provides for the continued application of EU law (Union law) in defined respects.
  3. Since the Agreement provides for the winding-down of Union law in the UK, it makes provision for a role for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in interpreting Union law to the extent that it is applied by the Agreement. This is important in the interests of the consistent interpretation and application of the Agreement as between the EU and the UK, which in turn provides an assurance for individuals and businesses. The CJEU has a different role in relation to different aspects of the Agreement and has a much more limited role after the end of the implementation period. The detail of this is set out under the relevant sections of the Agreement.
  4. The Agreement will need to be implemented in domestic law through legislation. The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will be the primary vehicle for that, the contents of which is outside the scope of this document.

Read: Legal Position on the Withdrawal Agreement

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