The British Coatings Federation, the trade association for the UK paints, printing inks, powder coatings, and wallcoverings industries has published a no deal guide for its members. Anna Tobin reports
The British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) guide presents what it terms the worst-case scenario, where the UK will leave the EU and lose access to the EU single market, customs union or the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
The BCF had welcomed the Government’s announcement in the Brexit White Paper that the UK intended to stay part of ECHA, but this is no longer a certainty and the guide highlights what this could mean. Ellen Daniels, head of public affairs and policy at the BCF, said: “The BCF is currently working closely with the UK Government to ensure a good outcome from Brexit negotiations for our industry, hopefully, to keep the UK within ECHA. 98% of BCF members have some form of trade with the EU and given there is a possibility of a stalemate, we felt it prudent to inform members of the potential impact a ‘no-deal’ situation, and possible contingency plans member companies might consider.”