Impact of Brexit on Malta

Preparedness and Contingency measures at a national level in the run-up to the Brexit October 31 deadline were discussed during today’s MEUSAC Core Group meeting held at The Phoenicia in Floriana.

In his opening remarks, new Minister for European Affairs and Equality, who addressed for the first time the MEUSAC Core Group since his ministerial appointment, said that the Brexit situation is volatile, and that “we have to react to any changes, and that Malta is preparing itself very well the entities that can be impacted”.
He said that the Government stepped up its efforts in a bid to protect the private sector to ensure that “we are ready for any outcome and scenario as a result of Brexit”.

Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia, who chairs the meeting, spoke about Brexit and the impact it may have on industry and on the EU budget.

“Brexit will cause problems as it will create a void of 13 billion euros each year in the EU budget,” he said.

Mr Glenn Micallef, Head of the EU Coordination Department (EUCD), gave a deep insight on the contingency plans in place and various scenarios in terms of Brexit.

He said that the EU is emphasising on business preparedness.

He also said that there won’t be a need for a Visa to enter the UK and vice-versa. He said those who are undergoing an Erasmus Programme-related course will be left to do so and those who are about to engage in an Erasmus-related course or exchange soon after Brexit will be left to go ahead. He also spoke about the health sector and labelling of products and the fact that pet passports won’t be valid and would need to be applied for once again. He also spoke about the health sector, GDPR rules and car licences.

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