With a parliament vote on the Brexit deal taking place on Tuesday 15th January we have simply outlined some points that may relate to the florist industry.
Please note that these details, listed below, may apply to your wholesalers and not you directly as an individual business, but it is important that you should be aware of any changes that could affect your business in the near future.
Be aware that there will be changes after the 29th March 2019.
'The Deal' or 'The Withdrawal agreement' which is also being called the 'divorce deal' is only working out HOW the UK leaves the EU, NOT what happens afterwards.
If the deal goes through, the Transition Period then starts and runs from the 29th March - 31st Dec 2020 it's during this time that the EU & UK make the trade deals. A deal simply means a smoother journey during the negotiation period.
"No deal" means the UK would have failed to agree a withdrawal agreement. Depending on Governments 'Plan B'. If Parliament rejects 'The Deal', the government will have three (Parliamentary working) days to come up with 'Plan B'.
No Deal would mean there would be no transition period after 29 March 2019, and EU laws would stop applying to the UK immediately! The UK would be considered a ‘third country’ along with 97 other countries not in the EU.
Whilst it is unknown what this may be, the most likely outcome could be the request from government for an extension of article 50 – this is not guaranteed.
Check with your wholesalers/importers that they have certification to trade with the EU. In the event of no deal there will be an influx of certifications requested. It would be wise to be prepared. The certification is called P.E.A.C.H (see below for full explanation)
Has your importer/ wholesaler registered on the PEACH website?
After the UK leaves the EU, any plants and plant products currently managed under the EU plant passport scheme will be subject to UK import controls. When you import controlled plants or plant products, you’ll need to:
You must give notice to the relevant plant health authority each time you bring a consignment to the UK for:
Other sources of information include:
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