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19th September 2018

Accessing public sector contracts if there’s no Brexit deal

Government has published a series of technical notices to help suppliers understand what they need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations. The series includes guidance on "Accessing public sector contracts if there’s no Brexit deal" .

The guidance states that if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place regarding future arrangements on access to OJEU/TED, a replacement UK-specific e-notification service will be made available. Changes to the procurement rules will be made via amendments to existing legislation, to ensure continued operability.

All contract opportunities that would currently be published on OJEU/TED would be published on the new UK e-notification service. This would be in line with the current requirements to send notices to the EU Publications Office for publication on OJEU/TED. Publication would take place electronically and the service will be free for all users.

The UK is also aiming to accede to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The UK currently participates in the GPA by virtue of its EU membership.

The guidance sets out implications of a 'no deal' scenario for contracting authorities and suppliers.

Click here to read the guidance.

The NEPO Portal will continue to send notifications of tender opportunities from NEPO and North East local authorities to its registered suppliers. Click here to find out more about the NEPO Portal.