Even though the terms and conditions have yet to be agreed upon, DSV is getting ready for the transition. The UK is expected to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 with a provisional transitional arrangement, which will expire on 31 December 2020.

The BREXIT negotiations between the UK and the EU are still at an early stage, expected to be completed October 2018 and, subsequently, ratified by the UK and EU parliaments.

Presently, there is very little on which to act.

DSV prepares for 2019 and UK outside the EU

BREXIT will have a massive impact in both the UK and all other EU countries. The consequences will be considerable, not least for the logistics sector. Business with non-European countries will also be affected by BREXIT.

To ensure that DSV is prepared for the new reality, we have launched a number of initiatives across the organisation, coordinated through our BREXIT Action Group.

The BREXIT Action Group will ensure that all DSV countries are fully prepared for the BREXIT transition period and for the time afterwards. We are preparing for the new reality not only for our own sake but in order to be able to help our customers prepare for the inevitable changes ahead.

DSV is liaising with members of the British Parliament, a number of relevant industrial forums, government committees and customs authorities in various countries to ensure that we are on top of any development relating to BREXIT.

We are committed to sharing clear and concise information with our customers as soon as definite information regarding the impact of BREXIT becomes available.

Nothing has been agreed yet

The UK and EU have published an updated Draft Withdrawal Agreement which sets out current progress on outstanding issues relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU – including citizens’ rights, data, customs and Northern Ireland.

While the UK and EU have reached a political agreement on many aspects of the withdrawal, including a transition period, these proposals will only be legally certain once ratified by the UK and European Parliaments and the European Council. This will require both sides to agree on a number of difficult – and as yet unresolved – issues in the coming year, including the complex issue of the Irish border.

For the time being, the UK remains a full member of the EU, and rights and obligations continue to fully apply in and to the UK.

At this point in time, even the end date for the transition period in the negotiating directives, 31 December 2020, remains a proposal only.

The BREXIT process over time

In a 23 June 2016 referendum, the UK decided to leave the European Union (EU).

In 2017, on 29 March, the UK formally notified the European Council of its intention to leave the EU by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. On 15 December, the European Council (Article 50) confirmed sufficient progress had been achieved and leaders adopted guidelines to move to the second phase of negotiations, due for completion by 31 October 2018.

On 29 January 2018, the EU27 ministers adopted a new set of negotiating directives giving details on the EU27 position on the transition period. The proposed end date for the transition period in the negotiating directives is 31 December 2020.

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