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This White Paper sets out how the UK Government will implement the final Withdrawal Agreement in UK law.

This White Paper sets out the basis of the UK Government’s position on the framework it would like to develop once the UK has left the EU on Exit Day.

In the event that the UK and the EU do not agree a deal, the UK Government has published a series of technical notices which set out what the Government’s overarching approach would be. There is a specific technical notice which sets out how the recognition of professional qualifications would be dealt with in this scenario as well as guidance for UK businesses on providing services to EEA and EFTA countries. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also published guidance on the system for recognising EU qualified architects in the UK in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

The Government has set out provisions for EU citizens coming to the UK after EU exit in the event of a no deal.  It has also published information and advice for EU citizens who would like to continue living in the UK after December 2020.

The House of Commons provides regular updates on the latest developments and discussions as the negotiations between the UK and the EU take place.


Similarly, the EU has published notices providing an outline of the approach that EU Member States should take in the event that a deal cannot be reached.  There is a specific notice which sets out how professional qualifications would be dealt with. The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has provided guidance on how the RIAI proposes to recognise formal qualifications in architecture awarded in the UK and UK nationals seeking registration in Ireland in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement. 

Each member state has a competent authority for architects.  Competent authorities are responsible for recognising professional qualifications and facilitating the movement of appropriately qualified individuals for the purposes of registration as an architect.  ARB publishes a list of these competent authorities.


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