The UK is set to leave the European Union on October 31. Therefore, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the UK has released an 8-point guide or checklist for gambling operators, to help them prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit.
Three of these points involve staffing issues, which include:
- Whether staff needs to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
- Whether staff needs a visa or work permit for the countries in which they plan to work
- To ensure that they meet immigration rules including ‘crossing into Spain from Gibraltar' (Gibraltar is the place where several UK-licensed gambling operators opt to base their EU-facing business).
The government of UK strongly believes gambling operators must make sure there are no legal issues with their handling of personal data from the EU and European Economic Area. Operators must ensure their reporting and accounting practices meet the EU/EEA requirements.
UK-based online gambling operators that provide services to customers in EU markets have to appoint an EU representative to make sure that their online security standards meet the approved grade. Existing contracts must be thoroughly checked to make sure that operators have the necessary copyright permits to offer specific licensed content outside of the UK.
Furthermore, the Government advised gambling operators to make sure they can import hardware from the EU, in case UK should leave without a deal.
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