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Old 05.09.2016, 18:48
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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In the 40 years that UK belonged to the EU those British Standards relevant for export products were either superseded by European (EN) standards or changed to align with the EU standards.

From your link "Following the move on harmonisation of the standard in Europe, some British Standards are gradually superseded or replaced by the relevant European Standards (EN)."

For example a list of 55 BS superceded in 2010 here.

Edit; one of these Japanese demands was "maintenance of harmonisation of the regulations and standards between the UK and the
EU (including the maintenance of established frameworks of mutual recognition and
equivalence);"
Not to nitpick, but look at the 55 superceeded specs. These are all construction related. These are hardly export goods. A UK firm may well win a construction contract, outside of the UK, but they would have to build to the local spec anyway.

That the Japanese want harmonisation of standards, but have and use a different spec for fasteners (JIS) which is mechanically incompatible with SAE, DIN, and Imperial standards is a bit of a problem, both practically, and from a bargaining standpoint.
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