EU Exit in a no-deal scenario

On 29 March 2017 the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) and the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 came into force on the 26 June 2018. The result of exiting the EU without a withdrawal agreement (the so-called 'no-deal' scenario) would be that from 11pm on Exit Day EU legislation will no longer apply directly in the UK and arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth transition, as explained in more detail below.

The majority of legislation applicable to Great Britain’s railways is either EU legislation that is directly applicable in the UK or domestic regulations that transposed EU directives.

The Rail Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Rail Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 have been prepared to provide a regulatory framework for safety certification, safety authorisation and safety management systems for rail if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The regulations will only come into force if and when the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal in place. ORR has published guidance to the regulations which explains:

  • the changes that have been made
  • what stays the same
  • the implications for mutual recognition of safety certificates and certificates of entities in charge of maintenance in Great Britain and the EU
  • transitional arrangements

Guidance document

Leaving the EU without a deal and the effect on railway safety regulation pdf icon PDF, 277 Kb
28 March 2019

The Train Driving Licences and Certificates (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Train Driving Licences and Certificates (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 have been prepared to provide a regulatory framework for the licensing and certification of train drivers on the mainline railway in Great Britain if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The regulations will only come into force if and when the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal in place. ORR has published guidance to the regulations which explains:

  • the changes that have been made
  • what stays the same
  • the implications for mutual recognition of licences and certificates in Great Britain and the EU
  • transitional arrangements

Guidance document

Leaving the EU without a deal and the effects on train driving licences pdf icon PDF, 191 Kb
28 March 2019

The Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ISBN 978-0-11-118204-8  have been prepared to provide a regulatory framework for the licensing of operators on the mainline railway in Great Britain if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The regulations will only come into force if and when the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal in place. ORR has published guidance to the regulations which explains:

  • the changes that have been made
  • what stays the same
  • the implications for mutual recognition of licences in Great Britain and the EU
  • transitional arrangements

Guidance document

Leaving the EU without a deal and  the effects for EU passenger and freight licences and statements of national regulatory provisions (SNRPs) pdf icon PDF, 209 Kb
28 March 2019