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Prepared for any eventuality – how the German Government is getting ready for Brexit

The German Government is working hard to prepare for Brexit and making arrangements for all possible scenarios.

The German Government is working hard to prepare for Brexit and making arrangements for all possible scenarios., © SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire

24.10.2018 - Article

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU requires a high level of legal and political disengagement at European level and in the Member States.

While the withdrawal negotiations between the European Commission and the UK are entering a crucial phase, the German Government is continuing to work hard to prepare for Brexit and is making arrangements for all possible scenarios. A key aim is to keep all members of the public affected by Brexit and companies in Germany comprehensively informed about the effects of Brexit so that they can prepare thoroughly and in good time for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the end of March 2019.

In order to coordinate its preparations, the German Government is working closely with the European Commission and the EU27 (the EU Member States not including the UK). It is in regular contact with the German Bundestag, the Bundesrat and the Länder. To ensure that Brexit planning is coordinated within the German federal system, it is essential to include the Länder and their administrative regions in the preparations. The German Government also maintains a regular and close dialogue with civil society, representatives of members of the public affected by Brexit, scientific organisations and members of the business community. It keeps all those affected up to date with progress in the negotiations and possible consequences arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Comprehensive information

Brexit may have an impact on people’s plans for their personal and professional lives. For example, it raises new questions on the residence status and right to work of Germans who live in the UK, but equally for UK citizens who live in Germany. The German Government will thus endeavour to support those whose current residence or employment rights may be affected by granting grandfathering.

Companies’ decisions and processes may also be affected by Brexit. In order to inform people in detail about changes in various sectors, the European Commission and the German Government provide information on specific fields of Brexit on their websites. At the following links, you will find information that may be relevant to your situation.

Further information

European commission

General website of the European Commission on Brexit preparedness
Detailed information by the European Commission for specific sectors (explanations)

German Government

On its website, the German Government provides general information on Brexit preparations and links to its ministries and other sectors, such as the business sector.

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