The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 31st October 2019. Whilst there is little certainty around Brexit there are practical guides to help mitigate the risks and maximise the opportunities of Brexit as well as up to date information about how the UK’s departure will affect businesses and individuals and what to do to prepare.
These guides provide the practical information businesses need to prepare themselves for how and when they need to act ensuring compliance with any changes in law or regulation that will affect them.
SELEP has also compiled a full list of Brexit Readiness events taking place across Essex, Kent & Medway, and Sussex in October. Click here to view the events schedule.
These events are supported by the Growth Hub local to your area. Further information on the support available from your local Growth Hub can be found below.
Business support – Growth Hubs Show
Our Growth Hub programme; East Sussex, Essex and Kent, is your first point of contact for business support. It brings together the best of public and private sector partners to promote, co-ordinate and deliver business support based on local need.
Growth Hub business navigators spend a lot of their time researching all of the support that is available to businesses and working with businesses to ensure that the best advice is given to businesses.
Our Growth Hubs are currently working together with the London and Hertfordshire Growth Hubs to deliver collaborative advice and support to businesses across all areas. If you are interested in attending business resilience workshops and Brexit advice clinics in the London area, please click here.Find out more
Get ready for Brexit Show
The Government is running a series of free ‘Get ready for Brexit’ business readiness events offering businesses help and advice on how to prepare for Brexit.
The events will enable businesses to meet Government advisers to discuss what they need to do to prepare for Brexit, understand what’s changing in their industry, and receive information on specific rules and regulations.View our Brexit Readiness event calendar
Prepare for EX Exit website Show
Get the latest information at the prepare for EU exit website – gov.uk/euexitbusiness – which provides guidance for businesses and individuals on a range of topics concerning leaving the EU. You can use this information to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business, or as an individual, and what you can do to get ready.Find out more
Gov.uk business advice tool Show
Government has produced an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Triage Tool to find out:
- What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
- What is changing in their sector
- Information on specific rules and regulations
The tool poses 7 key questions to deliver guidance relevant to your business.Find out more
Data protection Show
If your business or organisation receives personal data from partners or suppliers in the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) countries you must ensure you can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details.View the Government-issued guidance
Do you buy goods from overseas? Show
Ecommerce Directive Show
Businesses providing online services within the EEA may have to comply with rules governing online activities within these countries if there is a no deal Brexit. More information here.
If you hold a .eu domain name, or are considering registering for one, read the latest guidance about eligibility criteria and what to do in the event of a no deal Brexit here.
Public Procurement Show
Cabinet Office have provided information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Driving in the EU after Brexit Show
An information campaign is being launched to ensure businesses and hauliers are prepared for the UK to leave the EU. As part of the campaign an email will be sent to 70,000 UK operators, industry bodies and other interested parties detailing essential information for those driving to the EU after 31 October. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, hauliers will be required to go through customs checks when exporting goods to the EU from the UK. It is the responsibility of traders to apply and obtain the right paperwork for the goods hauliers are carrying.
The UK Government will also be providing hauliers with a handbook and pocket guide setting out how they can prepare themselves, their vehicles and their goods so that they can continue to travel freely.
The Department for Transport has issued the following guidance:
- Drive in the EU after Brexit: lorry and goods vehicle drivers
- Drive in the EU after Brexit: bus and coach drivers
The Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided updated guidance on the rules for international driving permits (IDP) in EU countries. Check which type of IDP you need to drive legally when you visit Europe here
The Department for Transport and Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency have issued advice on exchanging UK driving licenses, which will change when the UK leaves the EU. Check what you need to do to drive legally when you live in an EU country here.
Department for Transport have issued guidance on the UK position on rights for airlines from EU countries, and the basis on which flights will continue if there is a no deal BrexitAir services from the EU to the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit
Guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Show
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses. Please follow these links for support on:
- Fisheries Sector
- Food and Drink Sector
- Farming Sector
- Veterinary Sector
- Exporting animals and animal products in event of a no-deal Brexit
Defra has produced flowcharts explaining the new import and export processes after Brexit. The flowcharts explain the steps for farmers and food producers to import meat and dairy products from the EU after Brexit.
Guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Show
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office Show
Trading with countries outside the EU – get prepared, get your EORI number! Show
VAT-registered businesses will be automatically allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31st October. If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes.
After getting an EORI number, businesses need to decide how to make customs declarations. HMRC has funding available for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers who complete, or intend to complete, customs declarations following the UK’s exit from the EU. The funding can be used to upskill employees, make IT improvements or hire new employees to manage customs declarations and processes.
The application window is currently open and will close on 31 January 2020, or earlier once all funding is allocated.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have provided details on how businesses can find out if they can register to use simplified transitional procedures for goods being brought into the UK from the EU.
Department for Education (DfE) guidance to the Further Education (FE) sector and apprenticeship providers Show
The guidance signposts education institutions to relevant information, setting it in the context of how it may affect the education sector.
Any questions or concerns, please get in touch with:Find out more
Ministers and banks to support SMEs to seize Brexit opportunities Show
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom met senior representatives of Britain’s leading banks and other lenders to launch a new Business Finance Council and encourage support for SMEs ahead of October 31 and beyond to ensure they can make the most of the opportunities that Brexit will bring.Find out more
Sector specific help Show
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published sector specific help for businesses setting out how to prepare for EU Exit:
- Construction and housing
- Oil and gas production
- Space sector
- Professional and business services
- Electronics, machinery and parts
- Life sciences sector
- Electricity, including renewables
- Gas markets
- Mining and non-metal manufacturing
- Steel and other metal manufacturing
- Nuclear sector
- Research and innovation
- Consumer goods
- Parcel delivery services
Importing and Exporting Show
HMRC have published statutory guidance relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and Brexit
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there will be changes to how you export and declare excise goods (alcohol, tobacco and certain oils). There will also be changes to how you import and declare excise goods (alcohol, tobacco and certain oils).
HMRC have produced guidance on what to do in a no-deal Brexit if you use roll on roll off locations to transport goods to the UK from the EU.
The updated guidance is available here
HMRC helpline Show
HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after October 31.
The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.