Businesses and citizens should continue preparations for a ‘No Deal Brexit', says Govt

The European Commission has published a call to Member States and stakeholders to ensure that all necessary preparedness and contingency measures are in place in the event of a no deal Brexit. The Commission has said that it does not plan any new measures before the latest withdrawal date of 31 October.

The Government therefore reiterates its call to stakeholders in Gibraltar to make their own preparations also.

It is important that businesses and citizens familiarise themselves with the advice that the Government has issued so far. These technical notices can be found on the Government website at They are located under the section headed “Brexit Information” and cover areas like travel documents, healthcare, driving in Spain and EU funding programmes.

It will be recalled that Gibraltar was specifically singled out and excluded from EU contingency measures at the behest of Spain. It was then included in the EU visa regulation, with an offensive footnote, as well as in unilateral contingency plans published by the Spanish Government in respect of British Citizens living in the United Kingdom and in Gibraltar.

The technical notices issued so far cover:

  1. Passports
  2. Pet Passports
  3. Driving in the EU
  4. Identity cards and travel documents
  5. Mobile roaming
  6. .eu domain name
  7. European Health Insurance Cards
  8. EU funding programmes
  9. Unilateral Spanish contingency measures
  10. Financial Services
  11. Driving in Spain
  12. Aviation
  13. Healthcare
  14. Shipments of waste
  15. Civil litigation involving EU Member States
  16. Further country-specific information with regard to driving abroad
  17. Passports
  18. Accounting and auditing
  19. Data Protection
  20. Workplace rights
  21. Studying in the UK, the EU and Gibraltar
  22. Recognition of Professional qualifications
  23. Social Security Coordination
It will be recalled that the United Kingdom and Gibraltar were involved in intense preparations for a no-deal Brexit in view of the original exit dates first at the end of March and subsequently on the 12 April. These plans were scaled back following the extension until 31 October that was agreed between the UK and the EU.