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Brexit: Bidding for overseas contracts if there's no deal

19 August 2019


UK's participation in the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) if there's a no-deal Brexit

The GPA allows UK businesses to bid for government contracts in other countries, and foreign businesses to bid for contracts in the UK.

At present, the UK is signed up to the GPA through EU membership. If there’s a no-deal Brexit, the UK expects to join the GPA on substantially the same terms.

It may take up to 30 days to come into force, after exit day. The impact of this on businesses should be minimal. UK businesses will still have access to government procurements in most overseas markets. They may temporarily lose some rights provided by the GPA.

If you’re concerned about bidding on a foreign government procurement shortly after exit day, contact the Department of International Trade.

The GPA is an agreement between 20 members of the World Trade Organization.

Read the government guidance on public-sector procurement after a no-deal Brexit.