At the end of last week, the government published new guidelines on “Accessing public sector contracts if there’s no Brexit deal”. This technical notice should be of interest to suppliers that want to win work in the UK and Ireland.
Learn more about government tendering after Brexit below.
What do suppliers need to know?
The government has announced that if a no deal outcome occurs after March 2019, all contract opportunities that are currently published on OJEU/TED will be published on a new UK e-notification service.
The technical notice 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.”
Any suppliers that are currently using the OJEU service to find above threshold opportunities from the UK public sector have been advised to subscribe to the new UK e-notification service.
Nothing will change until 29 March 2019, as the still UK remains an EU member until that date.
The government has assured the country that it “will be ready from day 1 in all scenarios” and that there will be more engagement on how to deal with ongoing procurement procedures in the handover period.
It is not clear how procurement would be affected if a deal were agreed between the UK and the EU. Whether or not there is a Brexit deal, the vast majority of the rules around procurement will remain unchanged as the Public Procurement Regulations 2015 are already part of UK law.
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