Brexit Support

The EU has agreed an extension to delay Brexit until 31 January 2020 at the latest and can take place at an earlier date if an agreed deal passes through parliament before that date.

During this time, the UK will remain a member of the EU. In light of the extension, government departments will continue to prepare for all Brexit scenarios.

Breaking news: Brexit4Business are offering Cambridgeshire businesses free advice and workshops on preparing for Brexit. Upcoming events include:

  • Import and Export Workshop, Huntingdon, 15/01/2020

  • EU Settlement Workshop, Wisbech, 21/01/2020

  • EU Settlement Workshop, Cambourne, 11/02/2020

  • Import and Export Workshop, Cambourne, 11/02/2020

If you'd like to speak to an adviser you can complete an online form.

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 if there is a no-deal Brexit. 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, creative, cultural and sports, farming, fisheries; veterinary services; exporting of horses and ponies and exporting of active substances.


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.


Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has published several guides for preparing for no-deal Brexit including arts, culture and heritage; creative industries; digital, technology and computer services; gambling; media and broadcasting; sports and recreation; telecoms services and tourism.


Exporting and Importing goods and services

Do you import and / or export? HM Revenue and Customs (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

Please note that if you have an EORI number that does not start with GB, you need to get one now if you’re going to trade goods into or out of the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

HMRC has also published a series of short videos and a Getting Ready for Brexit webinar to help businesses prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a no-deal scenario. There are also step-by-step guides to exporting and importing.

Additional guidance on exporting and importing excise goods to/from the EU and bringing goods to the UK from the EU through roll on roll off ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit can be found on the website.

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after Brexit.  The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

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.

The UK has signed continuity trade agreements with some non-EU countries so that trade can continue with minimal disruption after the UK leaves the EU. There is also guidance that sets out the status of the agreements that many not be in place when the UK leaves the EU.

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.


Funding available for importers and exporters

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, if your business completes customs declarations, you could apply for grants to fund training, recruitment or IT improvements.

Importers and exporters could be eligible for funding for training for their employees to complete customs declarations and processes of up to £2,250 per course. Up to £250 is also available to cover the costs of internal training.

If you are a customs intermediary and you currently complete customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters, you could also be eligible for funding for:

  • Hiring new staff to help your business complete customs declarations;
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently.

Eligible businesses can apply for just one of the grants or all of them. Funding can be used to reimburse what a business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future.

To apply for funding your business must be established in, or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you and not have previously failed to meet its tax obligations.


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. There is also BEIS guidance on parcel delivery services. 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.



The Department of Education has published advice for higher education institutions and further education institutions and apprenticeship providers on how to prepare for Brexit.


Food standards

Guidance is available from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on preparing your business for the UK leaving the EU for businesses that deal in food, or animal feed.


Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s office has guidance and resources on data protection and Brexit including Data protection and Brexit for small organisations and Data Protection if there’s not a Brexit deal.


Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office has published guidance on trade marks, designs, patents right law, and exhaustion of IP rights after Brexit. This includes copyright business guidance and trade mark business guidance.


Medicines and Healthcare products

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. The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance to businesses supplying medicines and medical devices on what to expect on day one of a 'no deal' scenario as well as a letter outlined how they plan to ensure a continuity of supplies.

Guidance and information for the health and care sector has been collated by the Department of Health and Social Care.


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.

HMRC's Getting Ready for Brexit webinar provides an overview for UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has a range of upcoming webinars where businesses can:

  • receive help and advice to sell overseas with confidence
  • gain new skills and knowledge
  • discover solutions to specific challenges to exporting
  • get your exporting questions answered by the experts

Webinars include:

16 January 2020: Exploring Opportunities for UK Education Sector in Algeria

23 January 2020: Expert advice and information international SEO to attract visitors from overseas for Ecommerce

You can also find out about DIT opportunities to attend 121 advice sessions, trade missions, training and workshops.


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