Finally, but perhaps most importantly, businesses and citizens will need time to adjust to the radically different trading relationship that will come into effect on January 1 – deal, or no deal. This includes having the right paperwork at hand, factoring in delays at the borders and making sure your pet has the passport and vaccines it needs to travel with you. The UK government must get the GB/Northern Ireland border up and ready.
With so many businesses squeezed as a result of Covid-19, and the uncertainty of a deal still looming, both sides may decide to explore new measures to gradually phase in the new relationship. That too would need to be negotiated.
No-deal planning is essential
With so much in the balance, and so little time, a no-deal accident by default remains a possibility. As pressure piles on to reach a deal, so will the need to prepare for all eventualities. Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, is expected to say as much in his informal update to Member States today.
It has been a quiet summer for Brexit watchers – but the next weeks will be crucial. The negotiations still face significant hurdles – beyond the politics, there are some legal and technical requirements that need to be put in place. All of this takes time. Brace yourself: it will be a bumpy road ahead.
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