Background Briefing: 24 September - Government technical notes further highlight Brexit no deal disaster - People's Vote

Background Briefing: 24 September - Government technical notes further highlight Brexit no deal disaster

Summary

On Monday 24 September, the Government released a further batch of technical notices on preparations for a no deal Brexit, covering issues ranging from the exporting of animals to flight safety to issues ranging road haulage companies and problems which chemical producers would face. The notes show the enormous negative impact that leaving the EU will have for the British public and cover issues which were not discussed during the referendum campaign. Today’s release is yet further evidence of the impact which “no deal” will have on the country and the ensuing chaos that it will cause.

In total, there were 24 new technical notes released today and whilst this briefing does not cover all issues, some key points from today’s documents are as follows:

  • There is a possibility that the UK would not be able to sell animal products to the EU at all
  • Cargo & freight exporters would face problems as would road haulage companies
  • Flights between the UK and the EU could be severely disrupted
  • Travelling with pets to the EU27 would become a bureaucratic nightmare
  • Food producers would be hit hard and face increased levels of bureaucracy
  • UK flight safety standards might not be accepted in the EU27
  • Chemical importers and exporters would face new costs and increased levels of red tape

 

Key points:

  • While the Brexit elite shift their funds offshore and watch from Westminster, people up and down this country are left to bear the brunt of Brexit.
  • The Brexiters who have been backing a no-deal scenario need to come clean with their constituents about the disastrous implications that such a scenario would have.
  • With the Brexit Cheerleaders having failed to warn about the negative consequences would happen because of Brexit - it is becoming clearer every day that what we were promised is not what is being delivered.
  • The Brexit elite can’t sort out this mess, only the British people can. It’s time to give the country a People’s Vote on the final deal with the EU.

 

In Detail:

It would be harder to export animal products into the EU  

  • Shockingly, the Government admits no the event if “no deal”, it is possible that the UK would not be able to export animal products to the EU at all. Today’s documents clearly note that “The EU would require the UK to be a listed third country. In the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the UK would apply for this status but cannot be certain of the EU response or its timing. Without listed status no exports to the EU could take place.”[1]
  • Restrictions on animal exports would also likely severely affect horse racing and breeding – as any horse brought into the UK would not be able to leave – spelling the end of the Cheltenham Festival. It would also make cross-Ireland livestock farming impossible.
  • The Government impact assessment states that “If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place, Export Health Certificates would be required for exports of all animal products and live animals from the UK to the EU. Consignments would need to travel through a Border Inspection Post (BIP) within the EU. EHCs would need to be signed by an Official Veterinarian or authorised signatory following inspection of the consignment.”[2] This is a staggering amount of red tape and bureaucracy in comparison with the rules which exist today.

 

Real concerns over freight & cargo exports

  • Exporters of cargo from the UK into the EU27 will face real concerns in the event of no deal, where the Government admits today that the European Commission is under no obligation to recognise UK security rules for cargo as equivalent to those of the EU post-Brexit.[3]
  • Separately, road haulage companies could be severely hit, with the Government admitting they might no longer have their UK licenses recognized in the EU27 and there would also be no guarantees that road haulage firms would continue to be allowed to transport goods between two destinations in the EU but outside of the UK (the practice of cabotage).[4]

 

Real worries over flights

  • Today’s paper is highly worrying when it comes to UK-EU flights with no guarantee at all that existing UK-EU routes would be allowed to continue. The Government are clear about this, with today’s documents noting that “If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place, UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission.”[5] 
  • Additionally, the Government concede that UK airlines would lose the automatic right to operate intra-EU routes. “UK-licensed airlines would lose the ability to operate intra-EU air services (e.g. from Milan to Paris).”[6]

 

Traveling with pets to the EU would become a bureaucratic nightmare

  • The Government presents various scenarios for UK pet-owners travelling to the EU27 post-Brexit in a “no deal” scenario, acknowledging that if the UK were an “unlisted third country” “intending to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019 would need to discuss requirements with their vet before the end of November 2018.”[7] 
  • Additionally, pet owners would need to prove that their animals were effectively vaccinated against rabies before they could travel with their pet to EU countries. The papers note that “This would require a blood titre test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody, which would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination.”[8]

 

Coach and bus journeys into the EU would be severely affected

  • Today’s documents clearly note that “In a no deal scenario, UK operators may be unable to access the EU”, adding that “there is a greater risk of UK operators being unable to run regular services into the EU.”[9]
  • Despite the Government arguing that “the UK intends to re-join Interbus as an independent member” and “This would enable UK operators to run occasional services into the EU,”[10] this raises serious questions about the viability of future coach and bus journeys in a no deal scenario not only from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland bus also as regards longer routes to continental Europe.

 

Food producers would be hit hard

  • As regards food labelling, the Government admits today that for food producers looking to export into the EU27, “a UK address alone would no longer be valid for the EU market and an address within the remaining EU member states will be required following EU exit.”[11] This would raise serious questions for smaller producers in particular being able to reach these requirements. 
  • When it comes to “geographical indicators” (GIs) where the UK currently has a number of foods protected under the EU GI scheme[12], the Government note that “UK producers wishing to regain the protection offered by EU GI status, and the right to use the EU GI logo, would need to submit their applications to the European Commission as ‘third country’ producers.” There is no guarantee that UK products will be able to keep their protected status in the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit, increasing the chances of copy-cat UK food products being made in the EU27 with the UK having little leverage over this.

 

Massive concerns over air safety

  • Today’s papers note that in the absence of any UK-EU deal, “the automatic mutual recognition of aviation safety certificates, provided for under the EASA system would cease to apply to the UK”[13]
  • This is concerning for the ability of UK-registered aircraft to take off and land in the EU27 more generally, where today’s documents note that in a no deal scenario, the EU’s approach would be to no longer accept UK Civil Aviation Authority certificates post 29 March 2019.[14]

 

Chemical importers and exporters would face increased costs and levels of bureaucracy

  • The Government’s papers today underline that “Companies would no longer be able to sell into the EEA market without transferring their registrations to an EEA-based organisation.”[15] And that “UK downstream users currently importing chemicals from an EEA country would face new registration requirements.”
  • This would mean chemical companies incurring costs and having to confront levels of bureacarcy which they are not required to do today. Any form of Brexit would be a disaster for the UK’s chemical industry but a no deal Brexit would be catastrophic.

 

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exporting-animals-and-animal-products-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/exporting-animals-and-animal-products-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[2] Ibid

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-security-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/aviation-security-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[4] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commercial-road-haulage-in-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/commercial-road-haulage-in-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[5] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[6] Ibid

[7] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[8] Ibid

[9] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/operating-bus-or-coach-services-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/operating-bus-or-coach-services-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[10] Ibid

[11] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/producing-and-labelling-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/producing-and-labelling-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[12] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/protected-food-name-scheme-uk-registered-products

[13] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[14] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

[15] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulating-chemicals-reach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/regulating-chemicals-reach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal