Boris Johnson continues to muck about falling this way and that over no-deal Brexit’s shoelaces, with many left dangling in limbo not knowing what to expect once their beloved Britain separates itself from the EU on October 31st. And separate they will, come high water or no deal, mainly because Johnson said so.
In the meantime, the UK government has added its own two-pence in the way of trying to limit the inevitable damages and effects awaiting those who do any form of cross-channel or cross-border business. Bookmakers and casino operators were recently provided with a government-issued 8-point checklist detailing what may or may not come once Britain is left reeling in the wake of a particularly sticky divorce on November 1st. And reel Britain will; that much is regarded as a cold stone given; with bookies and casino operators expected to reel right along with it.
Living In The UK, Working In Spain
The checklist is the work of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the title is a dark-nearly-comic, “To Understand What You Need To Do To Prepare For No-Deal Brexit If You Work In Gambling”, leaving most marvelling at the fact that it’s all been crammed into only 8 orders of damage control.
One of the key focus points is the issue of staffing. Government issues guidelines with regards to those companies employing workers living in especially Gibraltar, and crossing over the divide on a daily and in other cases weekly schedule to Spain where they physically work. Boris and his band may have assumed emergency-damage-control for a move the enormity of what Brexit really is just a little bit sooner, as 80% of Bet365’s Gibraltar employees are, as it stands, months already without a job to speak of. The operator in August announced that it would instead be focusing on its Malta operations so as to ensure EU compatibility. Suffice to say, Bet365 isn’t the only operator to have assumed the defence position on the work-front. Some have merely cloaked damage-control in alternative ways.
Keeping Tabs On Online Data
Data and general online security need to make the EU grade too, UK operators were told. The EU follows high standards when referring to the securitisation of online data and payments. Those operators wanting to continue to offer their services to EU member countries had best ensure that their levels of security are in check with European Union regulations. And this, implies the 8-pointer, is no matter to be taken lightly.
Copyright permissions also enjoy quite a bit of discussion talk on the checklist. Operators are admonished to ensure that all permissions with regards to products and games offered are up to date and properly regulated. No infringements or misconduct will be tolerated in this regard. The EU is in fact rather notorious for its unforgiving approach when keeping checks on licenses and copyright.
Nothing We Don’t Already Know
The list does prove helpful and acts mainly as a guideline with regards to what may be expected once October 31st has come and gone. Operators are encouraged to do their own homework regarding what additional compliances and jumping-through-hoops may be required of them when wanting to do business in the EU.
Many operators have long before the last-minute checklist was even in the making already begun implementing possible safeguards intended to buffer business income and employees against a no-deal Brexit. The only remaining thing is to now keep calm and look on as it all unfolds whilst hoping and praying for the best possible outcome possible.
At least there’s a list to fall back on