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BREXIT 'No Deal' Guidance

Guidance documents on the impact of a 'No Deal' BREXIT.

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If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals.

Read the guidance produced by the Health and Safety Executive - HSE: Classifying, labelling and packaging chemicals if there's no Brexit deal  -

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect:

  • cross-border electricity trading
  • industry participants and other stakeholders

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy - Trading electricity if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, we will seek to:

  • replicate the effects of existing EU agreements with other countries as far as possible
  • activate these agreements from exit day where possible

Read the guidance Existing free trade agreements if there's no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect health and identification marks for food products of animal origin such as meat, eggs, fish, cheese and milk.

Read the guidance produced by the Food Standards Agency Health marks on meat, fish and dairy products if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses that:

  • hold or seek authorisations for genetically modified (GM) food or feed
  • hold or seek authorisations for animal feed additives
  • export animal feed products to the EU
  • have applications to update the list of feed for particular nutritional purposes (PARNUTS) pending at the time of EU exit
  • represent companies based outside the EU that rely on UK representation for EU trade

Read the guidance produced by the Food Standards Agency - Exporting GM food and animal feed products if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses involved in the import or export of waste between the UK and the EU.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Maintaining the continuity of waste shipments if there’s no Brexit deal 

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses producing or registering pesticide products. This includes controls including regulation of Maximum Residue Levels in foods.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Regulating pesticides if there’s no Brexit deal

See also - How to comply with pesticide regulations after Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses producing, registering, importing or exporting chemicals. This includes a range of controls including labelling and packaging.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there’s no Brexit deal

See also - chemical regulation if there’s no Brexit deal 

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect electricity generators and suppliers, installers of certain microgeneration technologies, and renewable energy fuel suppliers and generators, including:

  • guarantees of origin of electricity produced from high-efficiency cogeneration
  • the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme
  • recognition of certification of installers of certain microgeneration technologies

Read the guidance produced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy -  Generating low-carbon electricity if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses that manufacture or market fertilisers.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA -  Manufacturing and marketing fertilisers if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect:

  • labelling food
  • compositional standards (minimum standards for certain types of key foods)

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Producing and labelling food if there's no Brexit deal

How to trade in plants and plant products inside and outside the EU if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s no deal

Prepare for the rules that will apply to buying and selling timber and timber products if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Trading timber: imports and exports if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect:

  • oil and gas licensing, exploration and production
  • environmental protection relating to relevant energy sectors
  • oil stocking arrangements

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy - Running an oil or gas business if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect the regulation and reporting of CO2 emissions for new cars and vans.

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Transport - Reporting CO2 emissions for new cars and vans if there’s no Brexit deal

See also Vehicle type-approval if there’s no UK exit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect those involved in using or trading in fluorinated gases (F-Gases) and ozone depleting substances (ODS), or servicing equipment which uses them. These gases are used as refrigerants, feedstocks for the manufacture of other chemicals, in medical inhalers, fire extinguishers and in a range of other applications.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Using and trading in fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances if there’s no Brexit deal

See also: Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances: how to do business if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses and others regulated through environmental quality standards. These standards include areas such as waste, air quality, water, and protection of habitats and species.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA -  Upholding environmental standards if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses whose industrial emissions are affected by the Best Available Technique (BAT) regime.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Industrial emissions standards (‘best available techniques’) if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect manufacturers of vehicles and vehicle components seeking vehicle type approval.

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Transport - Vehicle type approval if there’s no Brexit deal

See also: Reporting CO2 emissions for new cars and vans if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect:

  • Projects of Common Interest (PCIs)
  • receiving grants from the Connecting Europe Facility

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Connecting Europe Facility energy funding if there's no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect UK organisations which are currently receiving funding under the EU LIFE programme.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Funding for UK LIFE projects if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect farmers, land managers, rural businesses and others across the UK who receive payments under the EU Rural Development Programmes.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Receiving rural development funding if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect controls on the release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Developing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect anyone who grows, processes, imports or exports products labelled as organic. This applies to products including food, animal feed, livestock (including bees and farmed fish) marketed as “organic”.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Producing and processing organic food if there's no Brexit deal

Find out how the government plans to support UK researchers, universities and businesses who benefit from Horizon 2020 funding if the UK leaves the EU with no agreement.

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Horizon 2020 funding if there's no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect farmers who receive payments under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes. These include payments under the Basic Payment Scheme.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Farm payments if there’s no Brexit deal

What the fishing, seafood and aquaculture industries need to do to prepare for rules and processes that will apply if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Commercial fishing and marketing of seafood if there’s no Brexit deal

How to comply with the EU's REACH chemical regulations when you're using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, and how to prepare for Brexit.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect:

  • climate change regulations
  • emissions trading
  • energy using products
  • ecodesign and energy labelling

Read the guidance produced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Meeting climate change requirements if there’s no Brexit deal

Make sure you meet regulations when using, producing or placing pesticides on the market after the UK leaves the EU.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - How to comply with pesticide regulations after Brexit

How businesses can continue to trade and deal in fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances in the UK and EU if there’s no EU withdrawal deal.

This guide explains how the F gas and ODS regulations will change from 30 March 2019, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, including:

  • the new quota, reporting and licensing systems for F gas and ODS
  • how to apply for quota for 2019 and subsequent years
  • how to convert EU quota authorisations into UK authorisations
  • how to continue your eligibility for an EU quota to place hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) on the EU market

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA - Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances: how to do business if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

What UK waste importers and exporters must do to prepare for changes to rules around waste shipments if the UK leaves the EU with no deal on 29 March 2019.

Updated 4 March 2019.

Read the guidance produced by DEFRA here: Importing and exporting waste if there’s no Brexit deal

What operators need to do to move radioactive waste and spent fuel to and from EU countries if the UK leaves without a deal.

Read the guidance produced by BEIS here:Shipping radioactive waste and spent fuel after a no-deal Brexit

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