Work is continuing apace to ensure the Isle of Man is well prepared for the implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 29 March 2019.
A series of Technical Notices has been published today setting out the economic and social consequences of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated settlement. The Notices include advice for UK citizens, businesses and public bodies.
While securing a Brexit deal remains the primary objective, the UK Government has developed alternative arrangements in case an agreement cannot be achieved.
Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK says the Isle of Man Government is working closely with the UK across a number of key policy areas at political and official level.
The UK Technical Notices will be published on the Isle of Man Government’s Brexit web pages www.gov.im/brexit as they are released. Comments from relevant Departments about any potential impact for the Island will also be published.
Mr Quayle said:
‘We started preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU before the result of the public referendum was announced in 2016. Significant work is taking place to help us secure the best possible outcome for the Isle of Man, our people and businesses.’
‘It would be unhelpful to speculate on the outcome and potential consequences of the Brexit negotiations. However, it would also be irresponsible for us to ignore the possibility of a no-deal scenario.
‘We are working to ensure the Island is as well positioned as possible, whatever the outcome, and that our legislation, vital services and economic activity continue to function.’
The Chief Minister explains more about the publication of the UK’s technical notices and the Isle of Man’s Brexit preparations in this video.