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Brexit Latest: British Marine responds to outcome of vote on EU Withdrawal Agreement

Published on: 16 January 2019

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On Tuesday night the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by Parliament. Commenting on the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, Lesley Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at British Marine said: “Like many industries up and down the UK, we do not support the idea of the UK leaving the EU in a ‘No Deal’ scenario. It is vitally important that our members have stability for their businesses while the UK and EU negotiate the details on the future relationship.

“There are still many unanswered concerns for our industry, like the future of VAT Paid Status on vessels already placed on the market in the EU. It is crucial that we have answers on these issues and time to implement the solutions.

“British Marine calls upon all members of the UK Parliament to put aside their political differences and work together to quickly find and support a plan which offers security to UK marine businesses and protects jobs, growth and investment.”

The Prime Minister must return to Parliament and present a new plan for EU withdrawal by 21 January.

Government planning for a ‘No Deal’ withdrawal

As part of the Government’s increased efforts and planning for a potential withdrawal from the EU without a deal in place, it has published a new guidance tool for businesses.

The latest guidance and information comes in the form of a handy online tool, designed to help all types of business understand what they need to be aware of ahead of the UK leaving the EU.

Use this tool to find out:

  • what your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

You will need to answer seven simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business.

More information on all British Marine’s work to date on the EU exit negotiations, along with a range of guidance documents, is available to members on the British Marine website.