On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom indicated its desire to leave the European Union and will therefore no longer be part of the European internal market and the customs union. Analyses show that the impact of Brexit on Flanders will be major. (Read more below: the Impact Studies by Professor Hylke Vandenbussche (KULeuven).
However, Flanders chose to be constructive and wishes to have maximal impact on the negotiations to limit the impact on our region, but also on the European Union and the UK. In order to weigh in on these negotiations, the Government of Flanders has identified its priorities for the different phases of the negotiations and listed these in a vision statement.
As of February 2020 the second phase commenced. As stipulated in the Withdrawal Agreement, the future relationship between the EU and the UK should be determined before the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) if both parties want to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Once again, the Government of Flanders has identified its priorities on the future relationship in order to weigh in on these negotations.
At the same time, the Government of Flanders is doing everything in its power to prepare Flemish companies as well as possible for Brexit. The preparations take various scenarios into account, including a no-deal brexit. (The Brexit actieplan is only available in Dutch).