UK Withdrawal from the EU – Company Statement

HM Government’s decision to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and subsequent Parliamentary approval meant that the United Kingdom left the European Union on 31st January 2020. The current policy for the future relationship with the EU is currently being negotiated with the intention of a trade deal to be agreed before 31st December 2020.  Recognising changes resulting from the withdrawal from the EU and the end of the transition period from January 2021, the company envisages no significant changes to its ability to meet clients’ needs and also with regard to conformity of the products it produces and supplies in accordance with EU regulations.

Products supplied through Protec Fire and Security Group Ltd. within the UK and exported to the EU are currently fully CE marked in accordance with the prevailing UK and EU regulations. Any legal and regulatory changes that affects product certification relating to CE marking for the EU market and the planned UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark for the UK market have already been implemented as Company Policy.

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27/11/20
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CE marking

Our products will continue to carry a CE mark for export to the EU market (including Northern Ireland under the Withdrawal Agreement Northern Ireland Protocol.)

Where certification (for example International Product Scheme certification) or system design features due to any local market needs i.e. in the United Kingdom, EU and also outside the EU, these features are included into the relevant product certification and in our manufacturer’s declarations as the accompanying certification supplied to these particular markets.

In line with our company policy to meet all our customers’ requirements, Protec Fire and Security Group Ltd. maintains and will continue to maintain a presence in the EU.  Our sister companies Protec Spain and Protec Holland, as well as our other EU based partners, require our products are produced for them in the UK for distribution in those countries and be in conformance with all relevant EU regulations.

 

UKCA marking

We have planned that our products will bear a UKCA mark when placing them on the market in Great Britain after January 2021. Please note that this is a voluntary mark until January 2022 when this will be mandated.

Further information is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prepare-to-use-the-ukca-mark-after-brexit

 

Continuity of supply

The continuation of supply is of upmost importance, and the company will follow closely any changes within the legislative framework concerning the movement of goods and services to and from the EU and making changes as appropriate. Regarding the provision of Services, particularly technical support services and after sales support services, the Company will ensure we have resources in place, as we currently do with UK and non-EU countries. With regulations or approved codes of practice associated with installation work and/or servicing and maintenance of our equipment, this will be in line with the rules/obligations associated with those markets.

We will continue to revise this statement as and when necessary.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Contract expiry

Q:  “If a contract is due to expire after the 31st December 2020 (in the event of “no deal”), is there a requirement to continue the delivery of goods/services post this date?

A:  Protec will be able to continue fulfilling contracts in the usual way. After 31st December 2020 Protec will establish delivery of goods and services following the prevailing agreements in place between UK and EU.

2. UK borders

Q: “How impacted would the contract be by a change in the customs arrangements for supply routes via UK border crossings?” (e.g. does it rely on ‘just-in-time’ deliveries via a UK port – and is the supplier liable for paying service credits in the case of delayed deliveries?)”

A:  We do not envisage any significant disruptions to supply of component parts or resale imported goods following border changes.  We have multi stream importing options and retain a relatively high stock of component parts and “core” finished goods.  We are not reliant on JIT supply systems for our products.

3. Customs tariffs

Q: “How impacted would the contract be by a change in customs tariffs between the UK and EU? (e.g. are products manufactured in the EU or the UK – and, if in the EU, who is currently contractually responsible for the higher cost should tariff barriers be raised?)”

A: Possible impact, but relatively low.

Products are manufactured and supplied from within the UK.  We have very few EU based only suppliers and we have made provision for possible delays in transportation and importing restrictions.  Any sudden or planned changes in tariffs that do impact on our business operations would be subject to Senior Management review.

4. Data

Q: How impacted would the contract be if data could no longer be stored/processed in the EU?

A: No impact – no data stored in the EU.

5. Human resources

Q: How impacted would the contract be by a more restrictive immigration regime?

A: No significant impact envisaged.

Q: Is it the case where delivery of the contract is dependent to some degree on EU nationals working in the UK?

A:  No Protec contracts are dependent on EU nationals working in the UK.

6. Regulation

Q: Excluding the EU procurement directives, does the contract rely on specific regulations from the EU in order to specify the services/goods being delivered?

A: There will be no impact, as we will continue to meet our obligations under relevant EU regulations associated with products which we place on the market e.g. CE marking (see Brexit statement above).

7. Supply market

Q: Is there a competitive market for the goods/services being provided under this contract and are there substitute products/services that could be procured?

A: We do not envisage the need to source alternative suppliers with regard to the EU withdrawal legislation enacted by HM Government.

8. Public facing

Q: Do the general public directly interact with the provider of the goods/services in this contract? (e.g. call centre services)?”

A: No.

9. Volume changes

Q: Will an EU Exit significantly increase the demand volume on the services being provided? (e.g. increase in call volumes) ?

A: Services are UK based – so no increased demand envisaged.

10. Supply

Q: Would the supplier be able to meet its contractual commitments in the event of a ‘No Deal’ EU Exit? 

A: Yes, and will apply resources to continue to meet commitments.

11. Contract changes

Q: Will you need to make substantial changes or variations to the contract terms or specification as a direct result of EU Exit? 

A: Unlikely, although until we know the precise UK/EU arrangements after December 2020 in detail, they may have an affect on contractual arrangements.

12. Economic

Q: How impacted would the contract be by changes in the value of sterling? 

A: Little impact, with wholly owned European subsidiaries we enjoy a natural hedging over currency fluctuations.

13. Finance

Q: How impacted would the contract be by disruptions to the flow of funding between the UK and EU

A: We do not envisage any significant impact.

 

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