DHSC EU Exit Communication

DHSC EU Exit Communication

April 12, 2019

Community pharmacy teams will be aware that Government has agreed a further extension of the EU exit date to 31st October 2019. This means that today, 12th April, is no longer the legal default to leave the EU without a deal.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both sides before the 31st October, then the UK will leave the EU earlier, with a deal. However, it is important to note the legal default in UK and EU law remains that, until a deal is agreed and ratified, there is a risk of a no deal exit at the end of the extension period on 31st October 2019.

Community pharmacists are still advised to​ familiarise themselves with the latest Government guidance on​ preparing for the possibility of a no-deal​ Brexit. Yesterday NHS England published a letter to support primary care contractors in their no-deal Brexit preparations. This letter is a companion to the DHSC’s EU Exit Operational Readiness Guidance, which was first issued in December 2018. More information is available here.

The DHSC has said it will share further guidance at the earliest opportunity, and PSNC will keep contractors updated if and when the situation changes.

Please see PSNC’s Brexit page for updates and further details.

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