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Cabinet Office shares plans for new ‘no-deal Brexit’ digital public sector tender platform

A replacement UK-specific e-notification service will be made available in the event of a no-deal Brexit

The Cabinet Office has revealed plans for a new e-notification service for public sector contracts in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Under the UK’s EU membership, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement directives are advertised on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) via Tenders Electronic Daily (TED).

Procurement opportunities for below threshold contracts (€125,000 for central government bodies and €193,000 for sub-central authorities) not falling within the scope of the EU procurement directives are advertised on ‘domestic’ portals such as:

  • Contracts Finder
  • Public Contracts Scotland
  • Sell2Wales
  • eTendersNI

No deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place regarding future arrangements on access to OJEU/TED, a replacement UK-specific e-notification service will be made available. Changes to the procurement rules will be made via amendments to existing legislation, to ensure continued operability.

All contract opportunities that would currently be published on OJEU/TED would be published on the new UK e-notification service. This would be in line with the current requirements to send notices to the EU Publications Office for publication on OJEU/TED. Publication would take place electronically and the service will be free for all users.

The UK is also aiming to accede to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The UK currently participates in the GPA by virtue of its EU membership.

Implications

The briefing paper sets out the implications of a no-deal for suppliers.

Contracting authorities and entities would need to ensure their contract notices are published on the UK e-notification service rather than OJEU/TED.

The requirement to advertise in Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI would remain.

Those contracting authorities and entities who are currently working with a third party such as an ‘E-Sender’ or ‘E-Publisher’ to publish to OJEU/TED should be able to continue to work with their provider to publish on the UK e-notification service.

Contracting authorities and entities that place their contract opportunities directly on to OJEU/TED will be contacted to ensure that they are familiar with the new UK e-notification service.

Suppliers wishing to access contract opportunities from the UK public sector will need to access the new UK e-notification service. The UK e-notification service will be available from Exit day.

Suppliers can continue to access the relevant domestic portal, such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI.

Suppliers who wish to access contract opportunities from the EU may continue to do so via OJEU/TED. Additional information on this has been published by the EU.

E-Senders are involved in the technical changes being made and participating in testing to allow them to make any changes that are required to ensure continued operability.

Further information can be found here.

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