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UK Position Paper – Continuity in the availability of goods

The UK Government has published a position paper Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK.

Investors, businesses and citizens in the UK and across the EU want need to be able to plan ahead with certainty, and this paper sets out the desire to provide legal certainty and avoid disruption for business and consumers both in the UK and the EU.

Details of the paper can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/continuity-in-the-availability-of-goods-for-the-eu-and-the-uk-position-paper

There is a deeply integrated trade and exconomic relationship between the EU and the UK and it is important to maintain this relationship after Brexit. The EU is the UK’s largest market for goods, and in 2016 other EU Member States, taken as a whole, exported more goods to the UK than any third country. EU statistics indicate that EU goods exports to the UK amounted to €314 billion in 2016, more than EU goods exports to Brazil, Russia, India and China combined.

As part of the UK’s preparations for a smooth and orderly withdrawal, the UK’s objective is to provide legal certainty and avoid disruption for business and consumers with respect to the continued availability of goods in the EU and the UK.

To achieve these objectives, the UK proposes the following four principles.:

  • To ensure the continued availability of products on EU and UK markets at the date of withdrawal, goods placed on the Single Market before exit should continue to circulate freely in the UK and the EU, without additional requirements or restrictions.
  • To avoid unnecessary duplication of activities and provide legal certainty, where businesses have undertaken compliance activities prior to exit, they should not be required to duplicate these activities in order to place goods on the UK and the EU market after exit. This includes recognising the validity of type approvals, certificates and registrations issued prior to exit.
  • To ensure that goods in circulation continue to comply with product legislation, and market surveillance authorities can ensure the necessary action is taken with respect to non-compliant products, the agreement should facilitate the continued oversight of goods.
  • Where goods are supplied with services, there should be no restriction to the provision of these services that could undermine the agreement on goods.

Full details are available in the position paper,

Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK (pdf)

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