Helsinki, 11 October 2018 – ECHA has updated the Q&As providing advice to companies on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The updates cover topics related to the authorisation and registration of substances and mixtures under REACH, as well as general advice to current non-EU companies. The updates also provide advice on transferring assets between a company’s affiliates.
The Boards of the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund have approved support for the Future Growth Loan Scheme, a new EUR 300 million lending program to support investment by Irish companies most exposed to Brexit related uncertainties.
“We have always respected the UK’s sovereign decision to leave the European Union, even if we profoundly regret this vote We respect its decision to leave the Single Market and the Customs Union. And we are doing our best to reach a deal on the UK’s orderly withdrawal. Since the beginning of this negotiation, we have made good progress. In fact, as you can see in this copy of the draft Treaty, a lot of the Withdrawal Agreement – 80%-85% – has now been agreed with the UK. However, some difficult issues have been left until the end.”
“All sides need to avoid that the Brexit debate descends into some second-rate theatre show where both sides throw barbs while blaming each other for not progressing. The future of millions of citizens depend on this deal. Both sides need to put all their efforts into the negotiations instead of making unqualified statements in the press.”
After intensive consultations with Member States, we decided that for the good of the negotiations, and out of respect for the efforts of PM May, we will treat the Chequers plan as a step in the right direction. In Salzburg, right before our meeting I said in a public statement: “I would like to stress that some of Prime Minister May’s proposals from Chequers indicate a positive evolution in the UK’s approach as well as a will to minimise the negative effects of Brexit. By this I mean, among other things, the readiness to cooperate closely in the area of security and foreign policy. On other issues, such as the Irish question, or the rules of economic cooperation, the UK’s proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated.”
“The Brexit negotiations are entering their decisive phase. Various scenarios are still possible today, but I would like to stress that some of Prime Minister May’s proposals from Chequers indicate a positive evolution in the UK’s approach as well as a will to minimise the negative effects of Brexit.”
The notification, by the United Kingdom, of its intention to withdraw from the EU does not have the consequence that execution of a European arrest warrant issued by that Member State must be refused or postponed