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Brexit Support

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.


Sector specific advice

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: automotiveaerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, consumer goods, space, life sciencesprofessional and business services, science, research and innovation, chemicals, electronics, machinery and parts, steel and other metal manufacturing, non metal manufacturingelectricity sector and gas markets.

Sector guidance from other departments includes: health and care; food and drinkarts, museums and libraries, farming and exporting of horses and ponies.


Defra Advice

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.


Exporting and Importing goods and services

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.


Transporting goods across the EU

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.


Climate change requirements

Guidance on meeting climate change requirements includes climate change regulations; emissions trading; energy using products; ecodesign and energy labelling.


Advice for employers

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.


Food standards

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.


Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s office has guidance and resources on data protection and Brexit including Leaving the UK – 6 steps to take and Data Protection if there’s not a Brexit deal.


Intellectual Property

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.


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency advice

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 British Chambers of Commerce has practical advice and information on its website including a Brexit Checklist, and Risk Register.

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.

Make UK’s Brexit Hub has information for manufacturing businesses including a Brexit toolkit and details of the Brexit courses that they are running across the UK.

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.

The Impact of Brexit on the Cambridge Cluster


21 March 2019

Future Business Centre, King Hedges Road, Cambridge


Export Cleantech and Smart City to Scandinavia: Meet Nordic Partners

Department for International Trade

21 March 2019

Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridge


Preparing for Brexit Webinars

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 


Trading in the UK and abroad in a post Brexit world

26 March 2019

The Club, Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon


BREXIT & Immigration Employment Issues Seminar

9 April 2019

Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket

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