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Guidance on EU Contingency plans in the event of a "No Deal" scenario

The European Commission today proposed a set of targeted contingency measures covering basic air and road connectivity between the EU and the UK.

You will find the official communication from the Commission, as well as the individual legislative proposals, at the bottom of the page.

In particular, the Commission has proposed the following:

Air connectivity: For a maximum duration of up to 6 months, air carriers from the UK will be allowed to fly across the territory of the Union without landing, make stops in the territory of the Union for non-traffic purposes, and perform scheduled and non-scheduled international passenger and cargo services between points in the UK and points in the EU (third and fourth ‘Freedoms of the Air’). These arrangements would be subject to the UK conferring equivalent rights to air carriers from the Union, as well as providing strong guarantees on fair competition and on the effective enforcement of these rights and guarantees.

Road connectivity: Continued basic road freight connectivity will be ensured for a maximum duration of up to 6 months. This is conditional on the UK conferring equivalent rights to Union road haulage operators, and subject to the application of rules equivalent to those of the EU on fair competition as well as social and technical rules.

The Commission notes that even though the negotiations on the future agreement between the parties continue, there is no guarantee that if and when an agreement is found, it can enter into force on time. The aim of these contingency measures is to cater for the period during which there is no agreement in place. If no agreement enters into application, they will end after a fixed period. The Commission will now work closely with the European Parliament and Council with a view to facilitate entry into application on 1 January 2021 of the proposals.

We would also like to remind Members of the various sector-specific preparedness notices that the Commission has published and further updated with a view to supporting stakeholder preparations for the end of the transition period. Those notices include, among others, transport, trade in goods, customs and VAT.


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