At a Glance
The European Commission's statement reiterates the need for all parties to create contingency plans in case the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement on October 31, 2019. Political commitments have been made in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland that UK nationals will be able to continue living in the country where they currently reside. UK nationals should look out for any additional processes that may be required after Brexit. Affected employers should continue to identify, reassure and assist any UK staff or their family members who will need to comply with national registration or residence requirements in case of a no-deal Brexit. UK nationals in Ireland will not be impacted, as they are covered by separate UK-Ireland treaties. The situation
The European Commission has published a statement on no-deal Brexit preparedness in which it reiterates the need for all parties to create contingency plans in case the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement on October 31, 2019.
A closer look
The key relevant points of the statement include:
Possibility of Brexit extension. The Commission states that it is possible that Brexit may again be extended (with unanimous European Council consent) but issues a strong call for all EU Member States, businesses and citizens in the European Union to prepare for a no-deal scenario. Social security measures. The report notes that although the social security rights collected by EU nationals in the United Kingdom before the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union are protected, some EU Member States are implementing contingency measures at the national level for the period after withdrawal. Funding for affected individuals. The Commission adopted a proposal ensuring that funds (the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund) are available to support workers made redundant as a consequence of a no-deal Brexit, subject to certain conditions. Call centre. For the time around the withdrawal date, the Commission will extend the hours of operation of its call centre for citizens and businesses and it will set up a dedicated call centre for Member State authorities to provide expertise and facilitate the necessary coordination between national authorities. No-deal preparedness measures
Employer responsibilities. Employers should monitor their existing workforce and any upcoming hires or...