Brexit Update

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

Director's Letter - August 2018

No deal is not only a bad deal, but the worst deal!

Summer is nearly over and again, despite some apparent progress in the negotiations, every so often there is still talk of a no deal scenario. Is this talk just part of the negotiation strategy or is it a real possibility? Many say that it is only part of the negotiation strategy but the true reasons remain unknown. In addition, we do not know whether the Prime Minister will get any potential final deal through parliament. The die-hard Brexiteers might block any deal, whilst the Labour Party, out of principle, may do the same. If we do end up without a deal, the hard-line Brexiteers will also be disappointed as the UK, out of sheer necessity to minimise costly disruptions, will be forced to accept many EU regulations and principles, solely to keep trade and the economy going. One example for this is the unilateral offer being made to EU citizens to be allowed to remain in the UK whatever the outcome of the negotiations. If this offer had not been made, a no deal outcome would potentially have forced millions of EU citizens to apply for work or residency permits and visas before 30 March 2019. This task would overwhelm the UK immigration authorities and thus potentially turn many of the current EU citizens in the UK into illegal immigrants. Accepting EU health and safety standards for imports is another area where Britain would have to give ground until it has built up its own institutional framework to deal with such issues.

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Additional Information

  • UK Guidance on No-deal Brexit
  • EU Preparedness Notices
  • Brexit White Paper

UK Guidance on No-deal Brexit

UK government's preparations for a no deal scenario

This document puts the government’s technical notices in context, explaining the current progress in negotiations and the unlikely circumstances in which a no deal scenario might materialise.

It also explains the government’s overarching approach to preparing the UK for this outcome in order to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth and orderly exit in all scenarios.

Here you can find the complete details on the UK Government's guidance on a no-deal scenario.

EU Preparedness Notices

On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union. Unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date or the European Council, in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union and in agreement with the United Kingdom, unanimously decides that the Treaties cease to apply at a later date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) ('the withdrawal date'). The United Kingdom will then become a third country.

These notices, which aim at preparing citizens and stakeholders for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, set out the consequences in the following policy areas:

  1. Communications Networks, Content and Technology
  2. Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  3. Energy
  4. Environment
  5. Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
  6. Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  7. Human Resources
  8. Justice and Consumers
  9. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  10. Mobility and Transport
  11. Health and Food Safety
  12. Secretariat-General
  13. Trade/Taxation and Customs Union

Here you can access a complete overview of the Preparedness Notices and the therein contained documents.

Brexit White Paper


The Government will have delivered on the result of the 2016 referendum – the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history. And it will have reached a key milestone in its principal mission – to build a country that works for everyone. A country that is stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking.

To fulfil that mission, the Government is advancing a detailed proposal for a principled and practical Brexit.

This proposal underpins the vision set out by the Prime Minister at Lancaster House, in Florence, at Mansion House and in Munich, and in doing so addresses questions raised by the EU in the intervening months – explaining how the relationship would work, what benefits it would deliver for both sides, and why it would respect the sovereignty of the UK as well as the autonomy of the EU.

At its core, it is a package that strikes a new and fair balance of rights and obligations.

One that the Government hopes will yield a redoubling of effort in the negotiations, as the UK and the EU work together to develop and agree the framework for the future relationship this autumn.

Read the full White Paper here