At 11pm on Friday 29 March 2019, the UK will officially cease to be a member of the EU.
Brexit has been on our company risk register since the referendum, owing to the uncertainty this poses for Analox. A special Brexit team has been created at Analox and they have attended various events, locally and nationally in order to gain clarity on the likely scenarios and how best to prepare. The one overwhelming theme from all these events however, has been further uncertainty with the following exceptions:
- Standards – the UK is committed to the harmonisation of standards. BSI and UK experts play a role in the governance and technical work of the European standards organisations (CEN and CENELEC). Post Brexit, there will be no change in UK involvement in international standards such as ISO and IEC, and our expectation post brexit, is that the UK will remain a full member of CEN and CENELEC on the basis that these are not agencies of the EU and their current membership is broader than the EU.
- In the event of a no deal, the UK would trade under WTO rules.
- Certificates of Origin would be required if the UK is trading with a country where a free trade agreement is established.
We are working on preparing the business for a hard ‘no deal’ Brexit in order to ensure a smooth transition with minimum impact on the business this includes:
- Understanding the origin of Analox goods within our supply chain.
- Understanding the administration process and timescale required for producing a certificate of origin following Brexit.
- Understanding the requirements for Export Control – we are attending an event in November which is intended to provide further clarity on this. However, as a current exporter of military goods, we understand there are no plans to review or revise the UK Military list, as a result we understand there will be no change to the existing regulations.
Analox do not supply dual use items.
- Understanding the impact on our non-UK customers.
In the event of a no deal Brexit, we believe the UK would revert to WTO trade rules for import and export.
Analox already import and export both inside and outside of the EU and have been effectively doing so for more than 20 years, as a result we have the infrastructure and procedures set up to manage this process with minimum impact to our customers and suppliers.
We will continue to update you as the deadline approaches and should you have any specific queries relating to trading with Analox then please contact your sales account manager.