September 25, 2019 / 3:09 PM / a month ago

UK talking to EU member states on professional service options

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is talking to EU member states to work out how companies providing professional services can continue to do so if it leaves the bloc without a deal, minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, prompting the government to step up its plans for a disorderly exit.

“We are also talking to EU member states, in order to understand how people who provide professional services can continue to do so, member state by member state,” Gove, the minister in charge of planning for a no-deal Brexit, told parliament.

Those people who are registered in Britain and working in professional services across the EU, such as lawyers, are facing an uncertain future if Britain leaves without a deal because their credentials may no longer be recognised.

Reporting by Kate Holton. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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