EU welcomes vote to avoid ‘no deal’ Brexit

These proposals are temporary in nature, limited in scope and will be adopted unilaterally by the EU. They are not "mini-deals" and have not been negotiated with Britain, it said.

The European Commission welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament of contingency measures for a “no-deal” Brexit, the Commission said Thursday in a statement.

This will help ensure that the EU is fully ready for a “no-deal” scenario on March 29, it said.

The proposals adopted include ensuring for a limited period basic air, road and rail connectivity in a “no-deal” scenario, as well as allowing for continued reciprocal fishing access for EU and UK fisheries until the end of 2019 and for the provision of compensation to fishermen and operators in such a scenario.

The European Union has been preparing for a “no-deal” scenario since December 2017. To date, the European Commission has tabled 19 legislative proposals. Of those, 17 proposals have been adopted or agreed by the parliament and the Council. Formal adoption of all those files by the Council will take place shortly. Two proposals are still pending.

The EU’s contingency measures will not — and cannot — mitigate the overall impact of a “no-deal” scenario, the Commission statement said.

These proposals are temporary in nature, limited in scope and will be adopted unilaterally by the EU. They are not “mini-deals” and have not been negotiated with Britain, it said.