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For the second time the UK and the EU27, meaning the remaining Member States of the EU after Brexit, escaped a no-deal Brexit. After the delay of Brexit on 29 March, the EU27 approved a second delay avoiding a no-deal Brexit on 31 October 2019. The third possible Brexit date is 31 January 2020. Although the UK and EU27 reached an agreement on the conditions for Brexit, a no-deal Brexit is still possible because the agreement has not yet been approved by the European and British parliament. With the general elections in the UK on 12 December 2019, there is still a lot of uncertainty. In case of a no-deal Brexit, EU law will no longer apply to the UK and there will be no transition period. Therefore, it is important to monitor the developments closely and to stay prepared for the consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

This article gives an overview of the status of the preparations for a no-deal Brexit by the Dutch government in the Dutch healthcare sector. In particular, the identification of dependencies of the Netherlands upon the UK, the legal instruments in the event of shortages, customs, the expanding capacity of relevant organizations, the actions taken to inform the sector, and the partnerships are discussed.

This article was first published in Lexology.

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