EU no deal exit plans bad news for Brit expats

Published:  20 Dec at 6 PM
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Following the total chaos which passes for British politics during this Christmas season, the EU has instigated its own plans for a no-deal Brexit.

The European Union today triggered its emergency plans to deal with the expected chaos following the UK’s falling off the Brexit cliff without a deal. Brussels has announced 14 measures to mitigate the damage, including preventing the total grounding of air traffic between the UK and EU member states, limiting the damage to the City and the haulage sector and protecting businesses from the full effects of a no-deal exit. In addition, a few measures to protect expatriates in Europe will be taken.

However, the notice also gave a warning the majority of the measures would be nine to 12 months’ time-dependent and would be unable to prevent turmoil in many areas of everyday life. In spite of the announcement, the EU expects there will still be major problems at border posts, and flight schedules are expected to be scaled back to a minimum. According to the European Commission, the necessary measures will be unable to mitigate the effects of a no-deal exit both on the UK and the EU. The Brussels announcement came one day after Downing Street confirmed that families across the UK are to receive official advice on the best way to prepare for a no-deal crash.

As regards British expats living in EU member states, the EU plan includes a message to all remaining member states to ‘deal generously’ with British expats’ residency rights as long as the UK is doing the same for its EU expat community. According to the media, the EU’s contingency plans should not be confused with the already-offered transition period on which British lawmakers have yet to vote, and during which further negotiations were expected to take place. The EU’s announcement also reminded readers that, following a no-deal exit, no guarantees can be given as regards air transport links, the essential passporting scheme for financial services will be ended and pet passports for British owners will be invalidated. The EC is also asking its 27 remaining member states not to enter into any special post-Brexit deals with the UK.
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