Service Industries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Liberal Democrat, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by his Department, what parts of the plan for providing services including those of a qualified professional in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal the requirements for how professional qualifications will be recognised and services will be regulated will change. The guidance on providing services including those of a qualified professional if there's no Brexit deal sets the future arrangements for how these areas will work in a ‘no deal scenario’.

The Statutory Instruments referenced in this guidance have now been made:

1) The Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

2) The Provision of Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018.

This, along with other sector-specific legislation, means that recognition decisions awarded to EEA and Swiss professionals before exit day will be protected, and a new system for recognition of professional qualifications will come into force on exit day in a no deal scenario, giving certainty to professionals, business and public services.

In respect of the provision of services, the amending legislation ensures that we will be compliant with the UK’s services commitments under WTO rules in a ‘no deal’.

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