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In June 2016 the British public voted (52% to 48%) for the UK to leave the European Union (EU). During the forthcoming negotiations and transition period British Marine will represent its members and the wider marine industry to Government and be on hand to keep members updated and to advise them on how their businesses may be affected.

EU legislation and trading arrangements will still apply while the Government negotiates the withdrawal agreement with the EU, which is expected to take a minimum of two years. Given the range of opinion of its members, British Marine maintained neutrality during the vote, but recognises that what happens next is of critical importance. It will be actively engaged in ensuring the voice of the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry is heard, given the important role these industries play in UK trade earnings, marine tourism, health and wellbeing and in enhancing Great Britain's reputation for excellent design, technology and engineering.

Members can log into this page where they will be able to read all British Marine's Brexit updates, download helpful reports and guidance, and how to contact us with any questions.


Brexit: What next for the trade talks between the UK and EU?

27 Feb 2020

Earlier this week the UK Government and EU each agreed their respective mandates for the negotiations on future trading arrangements.


Brexit: What happens after Friday 31 January?

30 Jan 2020

Members following the Brexit negotiations will know that the UK is set to leave the European Union (EU) this Friday 31 January 2020. The UK will then enter a transition period in which it will continue to participate as if it were a member state. During this time, our relationship with the EU will remain the same as it is now and continue along the lines of business as usual.

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Brexit Update: New Parliament – What’s next?

18 Dec 2019

Following last weeks’ General Election result, the UK will now, almost certainly, leave the European Union on 31 January 2020.

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British Marine statement on the General Election and Brexit extension

07 Nov 2019

Commenting on the current political landscape, Lesley Robinson, CEO at British Marine, said: “The upcoming General Election and subsequent Brexit extension means uncertainty will continue for both consumers and the industry, which is disappointing. We hope December’s Election will result in a majority Government that can deliver a Brexit solution, end the delays and instability we’re currently seeing and safeguard the future strength of the industry.

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Brexit update: Information for Third Countries regarding the MIC assignments

17 Oct 2019

The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) requires each watercraft to be marked with an identification number (MIC) which includes the unique code of the manufacturer assigned by the national authority of the Member State.


Brexit update from the UK Government

05 Sep 2019

With the current fast changing Brexit position, the UK Government is continually releasing amendments and updates to the published technical notices and guidance documents.