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Brexit: latest updates

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With the Brexit landscape constantly changing, this section pulls together the latest updates on Brexit and its potential impact on health and care.

Accessing medicines post-Brexit

The Government has issued an amendment to the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2019, adding a Serious Shortage Protocol for potential shortages of medicines that could occur in scenarios such as a no-deal Brexit. The Protocol makes provisions for pharmacists to supply a different strength, quantity or pharmaceutical form of certain medicines in particular situations. Read the explanatory notes to accompany the amendment and the communication to patients (18 January 2019).

Welsh Government launches new Brexit website

The Welsh Government has launched a new public website to reassure and advise citizens and organisations about the potential impacts of a no deal Brexit in Wales and providing information about the steps that need to be taken to prepare in the event of a no-deal outcome.

Government loses vote on Brexit deal

MPs have voted to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by 230 votes (14 January), leaving Mrs May 3 days to present her "plan B" to Parliament. Read more.

MHRA issues updated guidance on medicines' regulation

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued updated guidance setting out the UK’s proposed arrangements for medicines' regulation if we leave the EU on 29 March 2019 with no deal. 

Government updates its "no-deal" guidance for health sector

On 20 December, the Government published updated guidance for the NHS on what providers and commissioners of health and care services in England need to know and should do now to prepare for the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without agreement on 29 March 2019. 

Government Immigration White Paper

NHS Employers has responded to the publication (19 December) of the Government's long-waited White Paper on proposals for immigration rules post-Brexit.

EU Contingency Action Plan

The European Commission has published a series of notices to help EU27 citizens and businesses to prepare in the event of a no-deal Brexit and to ensure minimum disruption to Union life. 

EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has been developing the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure that EU citizens living and working in the UK can continue to do so once the UK has left the European Union. The scheme was announced in June and launched using a phased pilot approach in August 2018, with a further pilot taking place in late 2018. It will be fully operational by 30 March 2019. 

European health community

With formal ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement by the UK Parliament on hold, the European health community has reiterated the importance of putting the safety of patients and public health at the forefront of the Brexit debate. 

Welsh NHS Confederation

The Welsh NHS Confederation has responded the the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report on how prepared the NHS is for Brexit.

Brexit Health Alliance meets with MPs

The Brexit Health Alliance met with MPs, Lords, government officials and health sector leaders to share their perspectives on the far-reaching impacts of Brexit on health.

No-deal infographic

This new infographic from the Brexit Health Alliance highlights the key areas for health that will be affected if the UK finds itself in a no-deal scenario. Download your copy.

The Withdrawal Agreement

The Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration, while yet to be ratified by the UK Parliament, set out the terms of the UK's divorce deal and framework for future relationship with the EU. Read more.

Managing EU withdrawal: Welsh NHS Confederation

The Welsh NHS Confederation has produced a frequently asked questions document for health and social care, which aims to answer some of the main questions concerning the UK's exit from the EU.

Technical notices

The government has published a series of technical notices setting out information to enable businesses and organisations to make informed plans and preparations in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Read our analysis of the technical notices on health

Government Inquiry on no-deal Brexit

The Brexit Health Alliance responded to the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry on the impact of no-deal Brexit on health and social care. Read the response.


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