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On September 13, 2018, the UK government published guidance on what telecoms businesses should do if there is no Brexit deal. The guidance outlines a contingency plan for the scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, and covers areas such as data protection, international roaming, and the telecoms framework.


  • Once completed, Brexit is likely to have little impact on the UK's telecoms regulatory environment. The UK is generally seen very much as a leader in implementing practical telecoms regulation.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the potential impact of Brexit on the telecoms regulatory framework in the UK
  • Assesses the potential impact of Brexit on broadcasting regulation.

Key questions answered

  • What plans do the UK government have in place should the country leave the EU without a deal?
  • How does Ofcom see its relationship with EU regulatory authorities following the UK's departure from the EU?

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  • Summary
  • Ofcom is recommending a triple test when deciding which EU laws should continue to apply in the UK after Brexit
  • The Country of Origin principle cannot just exist in UK law, but needs to be reciprocated by the remaining EU27 to be effective
  • Adequacy assessment discussions need to happen now to prevent any disruption to the flow of data from the EU to the UK
  • UK consumers are not expected to lose the benefits of the "roam-like-at-home" regime


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