Information about Brexit in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications

Finland and the EU are aiming to ratify an agreement that would ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It is the EU's view that a withdrawal agreement is the best possible compromise and the only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the Union.

If the agreement is not ratified and the deadline for the negotiations is not extended, the withdrawal will happen without an agreement. Then the Treaties of the European Union and EU legislation will immediately cease to apply to the United Kingdom.

The European Commission has issued several legislative proposals, communications and notices on Brexit preparedness. In Finland, each Ministry and administrative branch is responsible for preparing for no-deal Brexit in its own sector.

On 19 December 2018, the European Commission adopted proposals for Regulations on air transport connectivity and safety and road freight connectivity as part of a package that prepares for the UK’s withdrawal from the Union without an agreement.

The Regulations would remain in force for a certain transitional period to ensure that the basic connectivity in air transport and road freight transport could continue in a no-deal situation after the date of the withdrawal. On 24 January 2019, the Government of Finland submitted communications to Finnish Parliament on the Commission’s Regulation proposals.

In the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Brexit will impact both people and businesses. The impacts will mainly concern the transport sector. The single most important question is air transport.

More information on the effects of no-deal Brexit on people and businesses is available on the website of the Transport and Communications Agency.