Transport between the EU plus the U.K. shall be “severely impacted” with roads and ports blocked by customs queues and countless British and EU citizens could well be left in legal limbo if the U.K. leaves without any deal next March, the eu Commission said Thursday inside a briefing on Brexit preparations.
The document, aimed towards EU states, the European Parliament besides other EU institutions, says that preparing for all Brexit scenarios is “a matter for everyone” and urges private companies and people to “take responsibility for their individual situation.”
Fears of one’s no-deal “cliff-edge” Brexit have increased in recent weeks after having a new Brexit plan unveiled by U.K. Pm Theresa May this morning prompted the resignation of her Brexit secretary and foreign secretary, with Brexiteer MPs signaling they would frequently block a proposal on May’s current terms.
While the EU is “working difficult to reach binding agreement on an orderly withdrawal,” depending on the new document, published on the day that new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab holds his first selecting EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, “there is no certainty that agreement will probably be reached.”
With no agreement by March 2019, or if an agreement isn’t ratified by the U.K. and European parliaments and also the European Council with that date, “there will not be any transition period and also the EU law will cease in order to apply in the United Kingdom adjusted 30 March, 2019,” the document states.
The document emphasizes the role of states, regional authorities and businesses “of every size.”
Such a scenario will mean “no specific arrangement in position for EU citizens in great britan, or for U.K. citizens while in the European Union.” Additionally, the EU would apply third-country checks on all U.K. goods entering the EU “for customs, sanitary and phytosanitary standards and verification of compliance with EU norms,” the document says.
“Transport between the United Kingdom and the European Union could be severely impacted,” it adds. “Controls at borders may cause significant delays, e.g. in road transport, and difficulties for ports.”