The UK Parliament has voted against the Prime ministers current Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
What does this mean?
The default position if a deal cannot be agreed in time is that the UK would leave the EU on 29 March, 2019 without a deal and EU treaties would cease to apply in the UK. Trade would take place under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules in this scenario. This means that the UK would no longer be part of the Single Market or the Customs Union, and goods would be subject to border checks and tariffs.
However, efforts are likely to be made to avoid a No Deal Brexit. There is a narrow window for the UK Government to try and negotiate amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement and have a second attempt at getting it voted through the UK Parliament or for an extension of Article 50 to enable a deal at a later date.
What is our view?
While it remains uncertain what Brexit may bring, we’re committed to taking care of your shipping needs. Through our trusted courier partners’ knowledge of international trade, state of the art IT systems and customs specialists around the world, you can be certain that they are uniquely prepared to take on the future outcome.
Equator and our courier partners are following the latest Brexit developments closely and whatever the outcome over the coming weeks and months, we will be on hand to help advise your business through the changes.
We have already made updates to our booking systems to enable us “at the flick of a switch” come March 29th to process all current EU shipments as non-EU giving customers a seamless transition.
Additionally each of our core partners have a dedicated Brexit team assessing potential impacts and are making necessary arrangements to ensure we are well positioned to update you regarding any new processes and regulations.
To understand what you can do to prepare for Brexit, please click on the below links for relevant couriers Brexit advice:
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