Business Terms and Conditions
CUSTOMER TERMS FOR THE DECLARON SERVICE
This document forms the terms and conditions (the “Agreement”) in relation to the Declaron Customs Service that Declaron provides and the use by you of the Declaron Customs Service. It is important that you, the Customer reads and understands these Terms before using the Customs Services and they should be kept in a safe place. Declaron will provide a copy of the Terms to the Customer in writing and / or by email, together with the other materials referred to in it, when the Customer first becomes a Customer and at any time upon request.
By agreeing to these terms and conditions you confirm that you have authority to appoint Declaron on behalf of the Customer, and that you hereby appoint Declaron to act on behalf of the Customer in the capacity of a Direct Representative in accordance with Article 18 and 19 of Regulation 952/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of 9 October 2013 (Union Customs Code). This appointment applies with effect from the date of this Agreement until revoked by the Customer.
The following words and expressions have the following meanings in these Terms:
Business Day means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or bank or public holiday.
Charges mean the charges payable by the Customer in respect of (a) Registration (the “Registration Fee” and (b) the Customs Services and which are set out at clause 15 and the schedule to these terms.
Confidential Information has the meaning set out in clause 22(2).
Customer means a legal entity who enters into an Agreement with Declaron for the services described in these Terms.
Declaration means the customs declaration created by the Customer and submitted by the Customer to Declaron via the Online System;
DP Legislation means the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (“GDPR”), the Data Protection Act 2018 and any legislation which amends, re-enacts or replaces these legal instruments from time to time. The definitions and interpretations in the DP Legislation apply to this clause 17.
Direct Representative has the meaning set out in the Union Customs Code. A Direct Representative acts in the name of and on behalf of another person.
Online System means the Declaron on-line system via which the Customer prepares and submits their Declaration.
Personal Data has the meaning set out in clause 17.
Union Customs Code has the meaning set out above and means Article 18 and 19 of Regulation 952/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of 9 October 2013
- About Declaron
- Declaron is an authorised economic operator (registration pending) and has registered with Irish Revenue for the provision of customs declaration processing services (EORI number IE3679725PH).
- Declaron provides customs declaration processing services to entities that are importing and exporting physical goods.
- Declaron does not provide advice. Whilst Declaron may provide information about customs requirements and related matters, it is not allowed to provide advice on any aspect of customs rquirements. Any decision the Customer makes regarding the content or nature of their customs declaration is made solely on the Customer’s own judgment. Declaron does not take the Customer’s specific circumstances into account and the Customer should obtain separate advice, if necessary.
- Declaron’s company details are as follows:
- Declaron is a private limited company registered in Ireland under company number 662287.
- Declaron’s registered office is at 5th Floor, Beaux Lane House, Mercer Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 DH60. Additional information about Declaron is available from the Declaron website at: www.Declaron.ie .
- Law Applying to this Agreement
This Agreement shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of Ireland. Declaron and the Customer agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts to hear and determine any claim, dispute or other matter (whether contractual or otherwise) arising out of or in connection with this Agreement.
- Main characteristics of our Service
(1) Registration enables the Customer to create their user profile, create a catalogue of commodities and access customer support services.
(2) The Customs Service enables the registered Customer to instruct Declaron to submit a customs declaration to a tax authority on its behalf, retain copies of relevant supporting documentation and carry out relevant follow-up communications relating to the customs declaration.
(1) Profile Creation: to create a Customer profile and register for the Customs Service, the Customer must
- Log on to the Declaron website;
- Pay the Registration Fee; and
- Complete the registration form and provide the Customer Information set out below at (2).
(2) Customer Information: The following Customer information is required in order to create a Customer profile and will be required in order to avail of the Customs Service:
Mandatory Customer information
- EORI Reference
- VAT Reference
- TAN Account Number
- Deferred Payment Enabled
- Type of activity (imports and/or exports)
Supplementary Customer Information regarding relevant authorisations held by the Customer includes:
- AEO Authorisation
- VAT Free Authorisation
- Inward Processing authorisations
- Outward Processing relief authorisations
- End Use authorisations
- Customs Warehousing
- HPRA Licenses
- Entry Into the Declarant Records (EIDR)
- Import Simplified process
(3) Once the Customer has successfully created a Customer profile, the Customer will be provided with a unique username and password which will enable the Customer to access the Online System. The Customer can also contact the Declaron customer support team with any related queries. The Customer may be required to provide security information to authenticate themselves when they contact the customer support team.
(4) On registration, the customer can create a catalogue of commodities and TARIC numbers in their profile. This information can be used when preparing Declarations.
(5) For the avoidance of doubt, completion of the registration process pursuant to this clause 5 does not guarantee that the Customer will successfully complete a customs Declaration.
- The Customs Service:
(1) To avail of the Customs Services and prepare and submit Declarations via the Online System.the registered Customer logs in to the Online System using their username and password.
(2) Declarations are purchased by the Customer via the Online System and there are a number of purchase options available to the Customer, the terms of which are set out in the attached schedule.
(3) Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Declaron, unused Declarations purchased by the Customer as part of Declarons bundle and save option, will expire 12 months from the date of purchase by the Customer.
(4) As set out in Clause 15, the importer/exporter will be liable for any customs debt arising from the import/export Declarations.
(5) The Customer creates a Declaration via the Online System using the information required registration data described in clause 5 as well as any additional required information particular to the relevant shipment such as quantity, value and transport details. The Customer is responsible for ensuring the completeness and correctness of information submitted in the Declaration. The Customer must check and amend any errors before submitting their Declaration. The Customer acknowledges that the submission of incomplete or incorrect information may lead to delays or penalties, resulting in loss or damage for the Customer. Where in the opinion of Declaron staff, incomplete, unclear or incorrect information has been given in a Declaration, Declaron may refuse to submit the declaration to customs authorities on behalf of the Customer (see also clause 8).
(6) The Customer may contact the Declaron customer support team to address queries relating to the Customs Service. The Customer may be required to provide security information to authenticate themselves when they contact the customer support team.
(7) By clicking the submission button on the Online System, the Customer consents for Declaron to review the Declaration and to submit the Declaration to the customs authority in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. The Declaration is then pending submission to the customs authorities.
(8) Declaron may at its discretion, refuse to accept a Declaration for any reason whatsoever. If we are unable to accept a Declaration, we will inform you of this by email and we will not submit your Declaration to the customs authorities. Declaron may contact the Customer to verify or obtain additional information and documentation relating to a Declaration that has been submitted to Declaron via the Online System.
(9) Declaron will provide confirmation to the Customer via the Online System (together with the relevant customs transaction ID) when a Declaration has been submitted to the customs authorities.
(10) The Customer shall inform Declaron promptly if they believe that any information contained in a Declaration that it has submitted to the customs authorities via Declaron is incorrect.
- Time of Receipt of a Declaration by Declaron
(1) Declaron will treat a Declaration as having been received by it at the time at which the Customer submits the Declaration in accordance with the terms of this Agreement (the “Time of Receipt”).
(2) If the Time of Receipt of a Declaration pursuant to paragraph 1 is on a non-Business Day or if it is received after 5pm (Irish Time) on a Business Day, the Declaration shall be deemed to have been received on the following Business Day.
- Cancellation or Amendment of customs declaration
(1) The Customer can cancel or amend a Declaration at any time before its submission to the customs authorities by contacting the Declaron customer support team. Declaron may charge the Customer if, at the Customer’s request, Declaron cancels or amends a Declaration that has already been submitted to the customs authorities. It is the Customer’s sole responsibility to ensure that a Declaration is complete and accurate.
(1) The Customer remains responsible for full settlement in cleared funds of any customs duties (plus any applicable charges) owed to the customs authorities (the “Duties”) under the applicable laws
(2) The Customer is responsible for ensuring that it has adequate funds in its TAN account to discharge any Duties owed to the customs authorities.
(3) The amount of any Duties owed by the Customer is decided by the customs authorities in their absolute discretion. Any calculation of Duties in the Online System is an estimate, which may be subject to review and/or change by the customs authorities. Declaron does not accept any responsibility for the final calculation or payment of Duties.
- Execution time for Submission of Declarations to Authorities
(1) The execution period shall commence at the Time of Receipt.
(2) Declaron processes Declarations within 2 working hours of the Time of Receipt during a Business Day. Declaration times may exceed 2 hours during periods when high volumes of Declarations are being processed. Large Declarations or Declarations containing supplementary information may also take more than 2 hours to be processed.
(3) The execution period is suspended where Declaron is awaiting further information from the Customer or where Declaron has declined to submit a Declaration to the customs authorities.
- Refusal of execution
(1) Where Declaron declines to submit a Declaration to the customs authorities, Declaron shall inform the Customer thereof without delay, but in any case within the period agreed under clause 10. It may do so through the Online System or by telephone. When doing so, Declaron shall state the reasons for the refusal where possible and indicate ways in which errors that led to the refusal can be rectified by the Customer. Declaron will not contact the Customer or provide reasons for any refusal of execution if it would be unlawful to do so or if Declaron reasonably considers that it would compromise its security procedures. Where Declaron’s refusal to execute a Declaration is reasonably justified, Declaron may in its discretion, impose a separate charge for notifying the Customer of that refusal. If the Customer considers that the reason(s) which led to Declaron refusing the Declaration no longer apply, the Customer may contact Declaron in writing and request that the Customs Services be resumed.
(2) If Declaron is unable to process a Declaration, it shall inform the Customer thereof without delay.
- The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although Declaron applies measures to protect Customer Information, it cannot guarantee the security of Customer Information, personal data or Declaration data transmitted to it and any such transmission is at the Customer’s own risk.
- To the extent permitted by law, Declaron is not responsible for any delays, delivery failures, or any other loss or damage resulting from:
- the transfer of data over communications networks and facilities, including the internet, or
- any delay or delivery failure on the part of any other service provider not contracted by Declaron, and the Customer acknowledges that the Customer’s use of the Online System (including the creation of a user account and the creation of declarations) may be subject to limitations, delays and other problems inherent in the use of such communications facilities. Declaron cannot guarantee the absolute prevention of cyber-attacks such as hacking, spyware and viruses. Accordingly, the Customer will not hold Declaron liable for any unauthorised disclosure, loss or destruction of declaration data arising from such risks.
- Transmission of Declaration data
(1) When submitting a a Declaration to the customs authorities, Declaron shall transmit the Declaration to the customs authorities via a third party software interface. The transmission of Declaration data shall be subject to the terms of clause 12 above .
- Unauthorised or incorrect Declarations
(1) The Customer shall inform Declaron without delay on finding that a Declaration was unauthorised or executed incorrectly on their behalf.
(2) The Customer will be responsible for any losses incurred as a result of an unauthorised or incorrect Declaration submitted using their security credentials.
(3) Declaron will not be responsible for losses arising from an unauthorised or incorrect Declaration submitted by or on behalf of the Customer.
(4) The Customer will not be responsible for any losses that arise as a result of an unauthorised Declaration if the loss was caused by an employee, agent or branch of Declaron or of any entity to which Declaron’s activities were outsourced.
- Charges and Settlement
15.1 Charges for the Customs Declaration
(1) The Charges in respect of the Customs Service are listed in the schedule to these Terms. If the Customer is not agreeable to the Charges, the Customer shall inform Declaron as soon as possible and in any event before the Customer begins to use the Customs Service. If the Customer does not inform Declaron that they are not satisfied with the Charges before they begin to use the Customs Service, the Customer will be deemed to have accepted the Charges. Declaron may change the Charges in accordance with clause 19.
(2) The Customer is obliged to pay all Duties, taxes or costs which the Customer is liable to pay and which the Customer does not settle with or through Declaron.
(3) If the Customer requests Declaron to provide additional information or materials which Declaron is not required by law to provide, Declaron may ask the Customer to pay a reasonable administration fee to cover any costs incurred. Declaron shall advise the Customer of any such fee at the time the Customer makes the request for such additional information or materials.
(4) Our Charges are exclusive of VAT. Where VAT is payable in respect of any service provided by Declaron to you, you must pay us such additional amounts in respect of VAT, at the applicable rate, at the same time as you pay the Charges.
(5) Settlement for all charges must be made via the Online System or the Declaron website.
- Mistakes or Complaints
(1) Declaron confirms that the Customs Services will be provided using reasonable care and skill. If the Customer feels that Declaron have not provided the standard of service the Customer expects, or if Declaron makes a mistake, the Customer will inform Declaron of the matter in writing. If the Customer makes a complaint , Declaron aims to resolve it as quickly as possible and to the Customer’s reasonable satisfaction. Any complaint should be made to Declaron’s customer support function via the contact details listed below.
- Personal Data
(1) This clause 17 applies to personal data (i.e. information that can be used, directly or indirectly, alone or in combination with any other information, to identify an individual including, for example, name, contact details, identification or verification information) provided to Declaron in connection with the Customs Services about (a) the Customer (where the Customer is an individual), which the Customer or any other person makes available to Declaron pursuant to this Agreement and / or (b) any other person which the Customer makes available to Declaron or that Declaron may otherwise process pursuant to this Agreement (together “Personal Data”).
(4) Where Declaron processes the Personal Data as a Controller, Declaron shall:
- treat the Personal Data as confidential;
- process the Personal Data only to the extent, and in such a manner, as is necessary:
(a) for Declaron to provide the services under this Agreement and/or
(b) for Declaron’s reasonable business purposes (an inexhaustive list of which is specified in Term 17(6) below).;
- process the Personal Data in compliance with all applicable laws, enactments, regulations, orders, standards and other similar instruments;
- implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the Personal Data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction, damage, alteration or disclosure, and
- take reasonable steps to ensure the reliability of any staff who have access to the Personal Data.
(5) Declaron may use the Personal Data and disclose it to third parties or to other companies in the Declaron group who facilitate or support our business without the Customer’s consent for any of the following purposes:
- To provide the Customs Services to the Customer in accordance with this Agreement and to communicate with the Customer about the Customer’s account;
- To fulfil Declaron’s legal, regulatory and/or compliance obligations;
- For risk assessment, statistical, trend analysis and planning purposes;
- To enforce Declaron’s rights under this Agreement if necessary.
We will only make such a disclosure where it is required in connection with such purposes and in compliance with applicable DP Legislation.
(6) We may supply some of the Personal Data to the customs authorities in order to complete the Customs Service. If the customs authority is outside the EEA then that supply may include a transfer of the Personal Data to a country outside the EEA.
(7) When using Declaron services, the Customer will take reasonable steps to ensure that the Customer and the Customer’s employees, agents and contractors do not input, upload or disclose to Declaron any irrelevant or unnecessary information about individuals.
(8)The Customer and Declaron will each maintain, and will require their respective Processors to maintain, appropriate physical, technical and organisational measures to protect the Personal Data against accidental, unauthorised or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, disclosure or access (“Data Breach”). The Customer will, without undue delay, tell Declaron of any actual or suspected non-trivial Data Breach relating to the Personal Data that may also impact us or the security of our systems, products or services.
(9) Upon request and subject to this Term 17, each party to this Agreement shall provide the other with information relating to its processing of the Personal Data and such assistance as reasonably required for the other to satisfy its obligations under DP Legislation.
- Communications between Declaron and the Customer
(1) From time to time, Declaron may need to contact the Customer about the Customs Services. Declaron may contact the Customer using any contact details the Customer has provided Declaron including post, email and phone. The Customer should ensure that the arrangements for receiving communication via these channels are safe.
(2) The Customer must inform Declaron/update their Customer profile if their name/trading name changes or if their business details (including address) change. If the Customer does not inform Declaron of changes, Declaron will continue to use the details last provided to Declaron. Declaron will not be responsible for any failure to contact the Customer or if Declaron sends information to the wrong address and/or email address and/or fax number, using details the Customer last provided. Declaron may charge the Customer their reasonable costs of finding the Customer if the relevant contact details are not kept up-to-date.
(3) Where notice “in writing” is required under this Agreement, it may be sent by post, email or fax to the addresses/numbers specified under this Agreement.
(4) A notice or other communication is deemed to have been received:
- if delivered personally, on signature of a delivery receipt or at the time the notice is left at the proper address;
- if sent by pre-paid first class post or other next working day delivery service, at 9.00 am on the second working day after posting; or
- if sent by email, at 9.00 am the next working day after transmission.
In proving the service of any notice, it will be sufficient to prove, in the case of a letter, that such letter was properly addressed, stamped and placed in the post and, in the case of an email, that such email was sent to the specified email address of the addressee.
(5) Declaron will correspond and communicate with the Customer in English.
- Changes to this Agreement
(1) Declaron may change this Agreement in accordance with this clause 19.
(2) Declaron will inform the Customer about a change or other matter in writing (i.e. by post or email) or in another way that will be sent or given to the Customer specifically. Declaron recommends that the Customer saves for its own records, copies of communications (including electronic communications) from Declaron and received from Declaron directly. If the Customer is not happy with any changes that Declaron proposes to make, the Customer can end this Agreement immediately (and Declaron will not charge the Customer for terminating the Agreement in these circumstances). If the Customer does not end this Agreement before the proposed changes take effect, Declaron will consider that the Customer has consented to the changes. The Customer will then be bound by them from the time they take effect.
(3) There are certain circumstances where Declaron may give the Customer shorter notice or where the Customer will not be informed about the changes at the time or after they are made. This may happen where:
- The change is in the Customer’s favour;
- The change is required under law or regulation by a particular date and there is no time to give the Customer notice of same;
(4) Any amendment shall not be retrospective or affect any rights or obligations that the Customer or Declaron already have under this Agreement.
- Limitation of Liability
(1) To the extent permitted by applicable law, Declaron shall not be liable to the Customer whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with the Agreement for (a) loss of profits; (b) loss of business; (c) loss of data, revenue, goodwill or anticipated savings; or (d) any indirect or consequential loss or damages.
(2) Subject to Clause 20(1) our total liability to you arising under or in connection with the Agremenet, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, will be limited to the total Charges paid by the Customer under the Agreement.
(3) This clause 20 will survive termination of the Agreement.
(1) This Agreement will continue until the Customer or Declaron ends it in accordance with the terms of this clause 21. The Customer is not entitled to a refund of any charges paid to Declaron prior to termination of the Agreement.
(2) Terminate for Convenience
- The Customer may end this Agreement by giving Declaron one month’s notice in writing. .
- Declaron may end this Agreement by notifying the Customer upon not less than two months’ notice in writing.
(3) Termination in Specific Circumstances
The Customer may terminate this Agreement immediately where Declaron has materially or repeatedly broken any Terms of this Agreement and failed to resolve such a breach within a reasonable period.
(4) Declaron may terminate this Agreement immediately where:
(a) it is required to take action to comply with the law or because a court or other appropriate authority directs it to act in that way;
(b) it is reasonably of the view that such action is necessary to avoid breach by Declaron of any legal requirement or to avoid action from any government, regulator or appropriate international body;
(c) the Customer has materially or repeatedly broken this Agreement;
(d) the Customer made any statement when applying to become a Customer which is false or misleading in a material respect;
(e) it is reasonably of the view or reasonably suspects that: there has been fraud or other suspicious activity involving any transaction (including if Declaron reasonably suspects that the Customer has used or obtained or is using or obtaining, or may use or obtain, the Customs Service illegally, fraudulently or improperly, or that someone else acting on the Customer’s behalf may do so); there has been a breach of security (including if Declaron considers the integrity of any client credentials has been compromised in any way); there has been unauthorised or fraudulent use (or attempted unauthorised or fraudulent use) of the Online System; or Declaron is uncertain whether an instruction has in fact been given by the Customer;
(f) the Customer has failed to settle with Declaron any money the Customer owes Declaron when due and in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement;
(g) If any of the following events occurs:
- a petition is presented for a bankruptcy order to be made against the Customer or any of relevant partner(s) of the Customer;
- a resolution is passed for the Customer’s voluntary winding-up or for the voluntary winding-up of any body corporate which constitutes one of the Customer’s members;
- a petition is presented for the Customer’s winding-up or for the winding up of any body corporate which constitutes one of the Customer’s members;
- an application for an administration order is presented against the Customer or any body corporate which constitutes one of the Customer’s members;
- notice of intention to appoint an administrator is issued or notice of appointment of an administrator is filed with the court in relation to the Customer or any body corporate which constitutes one of the Customer’s members;
- an examiner is appointed over the Customer;
- any other insolvency proceedings are commenced against the Customer or any body corporate which constitutes one of the Customer’s members; or
- anything analogous to any of the events specified above occurs under the laws of any other applicable jurisdiction;
(h) if the Customer dies or becomes of unsound mind;
(i) if the Customer dissolves or ceases to trade; the Customer threatens to cease to carry on all or part of its business; the Customer makes an application in connection with a moratorium or a proposal to creditors for a voluntary arrangement or takes any action (including entering into negotiations) with a view to readjustment, rescheduling, forgiveness or deferral of any part of the Customer’s indebtedness; or any such analogous action to any of the foregoing is taken in any jurisdiction;
(j) it is reasonably of the view that a mistaken Declaration has been executed; or
(k) it is reasonably of the view that there is a factual error in a Declaration or the Customer’s instruction is unclear or the Customer has failed to provide the information required to handle a Declaration.
(5) If the Customer becomes aware of the occurrence of any event referred to in clause 21(4), the Customer agrees to give Declaron notice of such event immediately.
(1) Intellectual Property. All intellectual property rights in or arising out of or in connection with the Customs Service will be owned by Declaron.
(2) Confidential Information. The customer and Declaron agree to keep all information or data of the other which is disclosed or otherwise comes into its possession directly or indirectly as a result of the Agreement and being of a confidential nature including, without limitation, commercial, financial, marketing, technical or other information which is of value to its owner, know-how, trade secrets and other information in any form or medium whether disclosed before or after the date of the Agreement, together with any reproduction of such in whole or in part (“Confidential Information”) confidential at all times, to use it solely for the purposes of the performance of its obligations under the Agreement and not to disclose the Confidential Information to any third party, subject to disclosure which is required by reason of law or statutory or other regulation, or the request of any competent regulatory or governmental authority and subject to disclosure of the Confidential Information which is required in connection with the implementation and performance of the Agreement provided that in respect of such disclosure confidentiality requirements at least as stringent as are set out herein are imposed on any person to whom any such disclosure is made and disclosure is made on a need to know basis only. This clause 22 (2) shall not apply to information which was in the public domain or which was received by a party to the Agreement from a third party free from confidentiality
(3) Third party rights. The Agreement is between the Customer and Declaron. No other person has any rights to enforce any of its terms.
(4) Severance. Each paragraph of these Terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them is unlawful or unenforceable, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
(5) Waiver. If we do not insist that you perform any of your obligations under the Agreement, or if we do not enforce our rights against you, or if we delay in doing so, that will not mean that we have waived our rights against you or that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If we do waive any rights, we will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that we will automatically waive any right related to any later default by you.
(6) Assignment and Transfer: We may assign or transfer our rights and obligations under the Agreement to another entity but will always notify you in writing or if this happens.
Schedule of Charges
Entitles You To:
1 Declaration of up to 15 line items
Valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase
10 declarations of up to 15 line items
Valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase
25 declarations of up to 15 line items
Valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase
50 declarations of up to 15 line items
Valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase
On 31st December the Brexit transition period between the EU and the UK will come to an end. The result of this will be the introduction of new customs procedures from 1st January, meaning that any business that imports to or from the UK will be affected. This article examines the current situation, and what is expected to happen next.
While Brexit negotiations surrounding a trade deal are ongoing, Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, has warned that talks may collapse due to significant gaps between the two sides on the issues of fisheries. Along with this issue regarding the level of EU access to UK fishing waters are the two other outstanding issues – fair competition rules for business and the mechanism in the final treaty for settling issues that may arise in the future.
In particular, Coveney has stressed the risk that is posed by the issue of fishing rights, stating “What the British government has promised to their fishing industry, versus Michel Barnier’s negotiating mandate from the EU is a very, very wide gap.” “The negotiations are not in a good place when it comes to fishing. There hasn’t really been any success in closing the gap between the positions of either side and until we find a way of doing that there isn’t going to be an agreement, so we’re in the same place in fishing, as we were in mid-summer.”
It has been stated by senior MEPs that the European parliament must have a minimum of three weeks to inspect a deal prior to a vote on ratification. While a vote in scheduled for 16 December, the Guardian have cited sources suggesting that an extraordinary parliamentary session may be declared for 28 December.
In terms of what this means for you, Sherpa and EU advisor David Frost has stated that while the talks may or may not succeed, it is time for businesses to prepare. Frost took to Twitter to announce that ‘we may not succeed. Either way, as the Prime Minister @BorisJohnson made clear on 16 October, people and businesses must prepare for the change that is coming on 31 December, most of which happens whether there is a deal or not.’
We can help you in this preparation, click below to learn how.