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A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.
Negotiations are progressing well and both we and the EU continue to work hard to seek a positive deal. However, it’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those negotiations.
For two years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day 1 in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019.
It has always been the case that as we get nearer to March 2019, preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario would have to be accelerated. Such an acceleration does not reflect an increased likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome. Rather it is about ensuring our plans are in place in the unlikely scenario that they need to be relied upon.
This series of technical notices sets out information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations.
This guidance is part of that series.
Also included is an overarching framing notice explaining the government’s overarching approach to preparing the UK for this outcome in order to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth and orderly exit in all scenarios.
We are working with the devolved administrations on technical notices and we will continue to do so as plans develop.
The purpose of this notice is to provide an overview of the scope of the government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes and to link external stakeholders to the parts of government responsible for overseeing the application of the guarantee for specific programmes.
Before 29 March 2019
Until our departure from the EU, we remain a Member State, with all the rights and obligations that entails. This means that the UK will continue to participate in all EU programmes while we remain a member of the EU.
As agreed as part of the Financial Settlement, the UK will continue to take part in all EU programmes post 29 March 2019 for the rest of the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. This Financial Settlement has been signed off by both UK and Commission negotiators in a draft Withdrawal Agreement and welcomed by the other 27 EU countries at March European Council.
After 29 March 2019 if there’s ‘no deal’
In the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’, the UK will leave the EU Budget in March 2019 meaning UK organisations would no longer receive future funding for projects under EU programmes, such as the European Regional Development Fund and Horizon 2020, without further action. However, the Chancellor announced in August and October 2016 that the government will guarantee EU projects agreed before we leave the EU, to provide more certainty for UK organisations over the course of EU Exit.
In July 2018, the Chief Secretary laid a Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS926) extending this guarantee to provide further stability for UK organisations in a ‘no-deal’ scenario. The guarantee now covers the following:
- the full 2014-20 Multiannual Financial Framework allocation for structural and investment funds
- the payment of awards where UK organisations successfully bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis while we remain in the EU
- the payment of awards under successful bids where UK organisations are able to participate as a third country in competitive grant programmes from Exit day until the end of 2020
- the current level of agricultural funding under CAP Pillar 1 until 2020.
For awards where UK organisations successfully bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis, we will work with the Commission to ensure that UK organisations will be able to continue to participate.
This guarantee ensures that UK organisations, such as charities, businesses and universities, will continue to receive funding over a project’s lifetime if they successfully bid into EU-funded programmes before the end of 2020.
Departments have drafted the individual technical notices below setting out how this guarantee will operate for specific programmes if there’s ‘no deal’:
- Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal
- Nuclear research if there’s no Brexit deal
- Farm payments if there’s no Brexit deal
- Horizon 2020 funding if there’s no Brexit deal
- European Social Fund (ESF) grants if there’s no Brexit deal
- European Regional Development Funding if there’s no Brexit deal
- Funding for UK LIFE projects if there’s no Brexit deal
- Connecting Europe Facility energy funding if there’s no Brexit deal
- European Territorial Cooperation funding if there’s no Brexit deal
To find out more about any EU programme not covered by a standalone technical notice, please get in touch with the department responsible for overseeing this programme or with the devolved administrations for stakeholders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A list of the relevant contacts for each EU programme can be found under ‘contacts for EU programmes’, including for programmes not covered by the guarantee.
This technical notice has been drafted for UK stakeholders. Stakeholders in Gibraltar should contact the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for information on how the guarantee applies in the territory.
This notice is meant for guidance only. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.
It is part of the government’s ongoing programme of planning for all possible outcomes. We expect to negotiate a successful deal with the EU.
Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and participate in other EU arrangements. As such, in many areas, these countries adopt EU rules. Where this is the case, these technical notices may also apply to them, and EEA businesses and citizens should consider whether they need to take any steps to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario.
Contacts for EU programmes
|EU programme||Department responsible||Contact information|
|European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) / CAP Pillar 1||DEFRAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)||DEFRAemail@example.com|
|European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) / CAP Pillar 2||DEFRAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|European Social Fund (ESF)||BEISemail@example.com|
|European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)||BEISfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|European Territorial Cooperation (ETC)||BEISemail@example.com|
|Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME)||BEISfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Erasmus +||DfE||Department for Education contact form|
|European Defence Fund (including Preparatory Action for Defence Research and European Defence Industrial Development Programme)||MoD||EBRX-EUXGrpMailbox@mod.gov.uk|
|Connecting Europe Facility||DCMS/DfT/BEIS||CEF Transport: TEN-T@dft.gov.uk, CEF Energy: TEN-E-CEF@beis.gov.uk, CEF DCMS: email@example.com|
|Employment and Social Innovation||DWP||EXIT.EUIA@dwp.gsi.gov.uk|
|Rights, Equality and Citizenship||MoJ||HumanRights@Justice.gov.uk|
|Health for Growth||DHSC||Department of Health and Social Care contact form|
|Europe for Citizens||DCMSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nuclear Fusion (ITER)||BEISemail@example.com|
|Research Fund for Coal and Steel||BEISfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Asylum, Migration and the Integration Fund (AMIF)||HOemail@example.com|
|Food and Feed||DEFRAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|European Development Fund (EDF)||DfID||DFIDcontingencyplanning@dfid.gov.uk|
|EU-Turkey Refugee Facility||DfID||DFIDcontingencyplanning@dfid.gov.uk|
|EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa||DfID||DFIDcontingencyplanning@dfid.gov.uk|
|Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)||DfID||DFIDcontingencyplanning@dfid.gov.uk|
|EU Aid Volunteers Initiative||DfID||DFIDcontingencyplanning@dfid.gov.uk|
|European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)||FCO||HeadingIV@fco.gov.uk|
|Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)||FCO||HeadingIV@fco.gov.uk|
|Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)||FCO||HeadingIV@fco.gov.uk|
|European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)||FCO||HeadingIV@fco.gov.uk|
|Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA)||FCO||HeadingIV@fco.gov.uk|
|Instrument for Greenland||FCO||HeadingIV@fco.gov.uk|
|Instrument for Nuclear Safety and Cooperation (INSC)||BEISemail@example.com|
|Civil Protection Mechanism||COfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Guarantee Fund for External Actions||HMTemail@example.com|
|European Solidarity Corps||DCMSfirstname.lastname@example.org|