Statement on Brexit preparedness by Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development


EU Commission to help workers in event of ‘no deal’ Brexit.


This morning (4 September 2019), the European Commission adopted the latest in a series of Brexit Preparedness Communications, in which we reiterated our call to all stakeholders to prepare for a no-deal scenario.

In order to help businesses that trade with the UK, we have published a detailed checklist on final preparations.

Today’s Communication contributes further to the Commission’s extensive preparedness for a no-deal Brexit, which includes 46 legislative initiatives and legal acts (a further five were adopted today), 100 Brexit preparedness notices (across the full spectrum of EU activities) and 5 earlier Communications on Brexit preparedness (July 2018, November 2018, December 2018, April 2019 and June 2019).

In April this year, the Commission announced it was ready to consider financial support to Member States to cushion the effects of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, taking into account the available EU funding as well as State aid rules, which could offer flexible and immediate support to companies.

Reflecting that announcement, the Commission today proposed that the European Solidarity Fund and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund are available to support businesses, workers and Member States most affected by a no-deal Brexit.

The European Solidarity Fund may now cover the serious financial burden that may be imposed on Member States, for example in the areas of additional facilities and staff needed for customs, health and phytosanitary measures and State aid measures to support businesses and schemes to keep people in their jobs.


Full statement is available via the link below.