Following the general election results it is anticipated that the withdrawal agreement bill will proceed through both our parliament and the EU parliament and result in the UK leaving the European Union on 31 January.

We will then enter the implementation period up until 31 December 2020 where we will still be subject to EU regulations and laws.

Preparations for a no deal EU Exit are now not required as there is an extremely low risk of leaving with a no deal on 31st January.  This means that for the NHS, day to day business continues as before and there are no immediate risks or changes needed.  There is no requirement for a different approach or operational response at any level in the NHS.

The planning and preparation undertaken across the year in preparation for a potential no deal exit has been very helpful in strengthening our business continuity arrangements, especially in relation to supply of goods and services.

For more information please contact Louise Westcott on 0161 446 3043 louise.westcott@christie.nhs.uk