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Just published from the Commission: Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019 | European Commission!Vu87RB via @EU_Commission
These two headlines tell the story well.....
'there MIGHT be a transition period'
For those of us looking at #borders
Highlighting the Irish government's work to prepare for Brexit, and the impact there might be on SME's who have only traded within the single market before
Mentions movement of #GALILEO Monitoring Centre (its going to Spain) as an example of bodies/agencies which will have to have completed their moves by exit day
Highlights transport as an area that will require attention- the 10 notices it refers to, along with all the other sector specific Brexit preparation notices published already by the Commission can be found here…
Other areas highlighted are (obviously) customs:
Financial Services- a reminder that passporting rights will end (for the EU they have said this will be the case deal or no deal)
**Northern Irish border klaxon**- on food safety the choice of phrase 'physical infrastructures' is, I'm sure, is rather deliberate here. EU saying with no deal- infrastructure would have to go up at Land Borders- to enable food and plant checks #irishborder
On personal data, Commission saying flow of data should be allowed, but only once UK has left and it adopts an adequacy decision, so could be major disruption in no deal scenario, until this has been passed
On pharmaceuticals - a reminders that import checks will be required if UK is third country-and testing in approved facilities, this would happen immediately in no deal, but delayed if there is a transition period
Finally, there is recognition of professional qualifications

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European Council Guidelines: A thread. Firstly, yes we (the EU 27) want to have a a deep a relationship with the UK as possible including on security...... (1)
But....the UK red lines mean there will be friction. Which we think will be damaging to the UK... (2)
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