The UK Government has published a series of papers that educate businesses and citizens to understand and prepare accordingly for the possible eventuality of a ‘no-deal scenario’ following Brexit.
A ‘no deal’ scenario is one where the UK leaves the EU and becomes a third country at 11pm on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
Though the Government insists that a ‘no deal scenario’ remains unlikely, they see it as important to prepare the public just in case.
We are pleased that the Government remains committed to avoiding a no-deal scenario and believe that a deal with the EU which, for example, secures the status of EU citizens post Brexit and enables UK industries to continue to recruit skilled EU workers would be a preferable outcome. However, TIGA believes that the publication of ‘no deal’ papers is a prudent measure that any responsible Government would have needed to take.
Dr Richard Wilson OBE, CEO of TIGA, said of the papers:
“Whilst there is no sector specific notice for the UK gaming industry, TIGA welcomes the publication of the technical notices.
“We remain concerned about access to EU talent in the event of a ‘no deal scenario’. 15 per cent of the UK’s games industry workforce comes from the EU. Our industry seeks to recruit from within the UK, but we do also need to hire excellent games developers from overseas, including from the EU, too. We trust that the Government will enable our industry to recruit talented people from the EU in the event of a ‘no deal scenario’.
“TIGA will continue to advocate for the UK video games industry to ensure that the UK Government understands our concerns and can reach the best possible arrangement with the EU.”
The papers can be accessed here.
See also: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45284855