European Commission Calls on EU Citizens to Prepare for No-Deal Brexit

The European Commission issued a statement on Wednesday in which it calls on all 513 million EU citizens to prepare for the upcoming UK exit from the EU and its implications in their everyday lives.

The statement, titled ”Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal on 31 October 2019,” highlights all the steps the EU is ready to take in order to ease the disruptions of a disorderly British exit from the Union in less than two months’ time.

Among the measures the EU is ready to adopt is for the European Solidarity Fund and the European Globalization Adjustment Fund to now be available to support European businesses, workers and member state administrations most affected in a ”no-deal” scenario.

The EU has also pledged that it will enact measures in order to avoid total chaos in aviation, maritime and land transportation between the EU and the UK.

The Union will extend temporary measures to facilitate British aircraft to be able to fly above the EU and for UK fishermen to continue to have full access to EU waters for a limited period as well as enable a series of other processes which will ameliorate potential problems in everyday and more complex affairs.

The Commission statement warns people that ”in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, the UK will become a third country without any transitional arrangements.”

All European Union primary and secondary laws will cease to apply to the UK from that moment onward, and there will be no transition period.

”This will obviously cause significant disruption for citizens and businesses and would have a serious negative economic impact, which would be proportionally much greater in the UK than in the EU,” the Commission notes.

In order to coordinate its response, the EU has now created a call center for member state administrations, giving them rapid access to the expertise of the Commission services to prepare for any negative repercussions of Great Britain’s exit.

As for EU citizens, anyone who wants to know more about how to prepare for a “no-deal” scenario can contact Europe Direct with any questions, by calling 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 from anywhere in the EU.

The helpline is available in all the languages spoken in the European Union.