Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has warned that British charities “must now be preparing for the consequences of no-deal”, noting that three-quarters of charities have done little or nothing to get ready for such an outcome.
Next week is shaping up to be a crucial one in the British parliament, where attempts by MPs to stave off a no-deal Brexit are expected before an up-to five-week suspension of parliament. The suspension will reduce the amount of time available to MPs to prevent a no-deal Brexit, meaning the UK will leave the EU on 31 October with or without a deal.
Etherington said charities should “deal with this sorry reality”. He said: “We continue to believe that no deal will represent a very bad outcome for the country and for charities, and again ask politicians to work to avoid it.
A Third Sector article set out some of the areas where charities could expect to see an impact from a no-deal Brexit.The article covers the impact on European staff, the likely constriction of funding available for charities and rising demand on their services, the potential impact of problems at the border, investments, and how international charities could be especially hard-hit.