The Belgian Cabinet made decisions on Thursday in a official document relating to preparations in the case of absence of an agreement being negotiated by 29 March 2019 (the so-called “no deal” scenario). The preparations are part of the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit).
Each department has been given responsibility for preparing the necessary legislation, with a view to submitting it to the Cabinet in mid-January. The Prime Minister’s Office will have responsibility for coordinating all such legislation into a draft bill. The bill will be submitted to Parliament for scrutiny, with a view to its entering into force for 30 March 2019.
More than two years after the referendum of 23 June 2016, British society remains marred by deep divisions around both the opportunity and the means by which to effect the historic separation, which will bring to an end a union formed in 1973.
Admittedly, the British Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, has succeeded in concluding an agreement upon the divorce conditions with the leaders of the other 27 countries. However, the British parliament has not, for now, validated this treaty, weighed down by the great uncertainties of the entire process.
The consultants Deloitte say that Belgium will be the fourth most-likely EU country to be affected by the UK’s announced departure from the European Union, after Germany, France and the Netherlands.