Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the UK currently faces a number of alternative options:
1. The agreement and ratification of the Government's withdrawal deal and a departure date of 22 May 2019 (followed by a period of transition until 31 December 2020).
2. Leaving the EU without a deal from 12 April 2019.
3. Submission of an alternative plan to the EU prior to 12 April 2019 including the possibility of a further deadline extension.
Businesses are therefore encouraged to continue to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
Do you import and / or export? HMRC has recommended three steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit:
Register for an EORI number to continue exporting and/or importing within the EU
Appoint a customs agent (or make other customs arrangements)
Register for new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which allow businesses to import without having to make a full customs declaration at the border
The government has created an online tool for businesses to find the latest information on EU Exit, how you will be affected, and the actions you can take to prepare. New information will be published over the coming weeks so sign up to receive customised alerts or check in on a regular basis.
The government has also set out information to assist businesses preparing for a no-deal Brexit through:
A series of technical notices providing guidance on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
A partnership pack to help with preparing for changes at the UK border after a no-deal Brexit.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published sector guidance for businesses setting out how to prepare for EU Exit. Follow the links for: automotive, aerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, consumer goods, space, life sciences, professional and business services, science, research and innovation, chemicals, electronics, machinery and parts, steel and other metal manufacturing, non metal manufacturing, electricity sector and gas markets.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses. Follow these links for support on: food labelling, exporting animals, animal products, fish and fishery products, importing animals, animal products, high-risk food and feed to the UK, exporting and importing fish, transporting endangered species, working with chemicals, pesticides, importing and exporting plants and trading timber.
The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published a series of short videos to help businesses prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a no-deal scenario. The videos are all available here. HMRC have also published step-by-step guides to exporting and importing.
You can also apply for funding to help complete customs declarations, with grants available to provide training for employees and IT upgrades.
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty on imports. The Department for International Trade has published details of the UK's temporary tariff (the rate of custom's duty that is paid) regime in the event of a no-deal.
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK will no longer operate under the European Economic Area (EEA) regulations for the cross-border trade in services. The Government has issued guidance on the potential legal, regulatory and administrative implications which includes guides to the rules in individual EEA and EFTA countries.
If you drive for work in the EU, the Department for Transport has published guidance and specific guides for bus and coach drivers, lorry and goods vehicle drivers and trailer registration. Other information can be found at Transport – EU Exit guidance.
Guidance on meeting climate change requirements includes climate change regulations; emissions trading; energy using products; ecodesign and energy labelling.
The Home Office has an employer toolkit which equips employers with the tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. They also have guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who wish to stay in the UK for more than 3 months and on how professions and services will be regulated in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Guidance is available from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on health and identification marks, importing high-risk food and animal feed and GM food or feed or animal feed additives. For more information visit the FSA’s Brexit business guidance.
The Intellectual Property Office has published a guide which offers information on the future of intellectual property (IP) laws following the decision that the UK will leave the EU. This includes copyright business guidance and trade mark business guidance.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has published a series of guidance documents covering their proposed arrangements for the regulation of medicines, medical devices and clinical trials.
If you would like to keep up-to-date on what new government guidance has been published or what existing guidance that has been updated, you can go to Find EU Exit guidance for your business.
The Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Small Business Brexit pack provides information and advice on how small businesses can prepare for the different Brexit scenarios.
The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Navigating Brexit hub has news, fact sheets and blogs providing updates and expert analysis, as well as details of the IoD’s programme of Brexit events and webinars.
You can go to the ICAEW’s Brexit Hub, to view their Brexit checklist as well as a range of information and advice.
The NFU have a Brexit Toolbox and Newsletter for members as well as a range of news and information for non-members.
The Agriculture and Development Food Board (ADHB) also has information and advice for farmers including a Brexit impact calculator, a resilience checklist and a Brexit toolkit.
CIPD has a Brexit HR Hub which provides news and updated resources to support employers to plan for Brexit.
21 March 2019
Future Business Centre, King Hedges Road, Cambridge
Department for International Trade
21 March 2019
Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridge
The British library are running a number of free webinars to support small businesses to prepare for Brexit.
25 March 2019: Preparing for Brexit: Importing and Exporting
26 March 2019
The Club, Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon
9 April 2019
Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket
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