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Preparations for leaving the EU

The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 29th March 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.

Prepare for EU Exit website

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 here

Gov.uk business advice tool

Government has produced a tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The tools poses 7 key questions to deliver guidance relevant to your business.

Find out more here

Preparing for a no deal Brexit

Webinar: Importing & Exporting in a potential no-deal EU Exit

DATE and TIME: 11/04/2019  11-12pm

With the prospect of a no-deal EU Exit still a possibility the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have joined up with HMRC to offer a free webinar to help SME’s be better prepared in the event of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.

Officials from HMRC & the BEIS goods team will cover the planned changes for both customs and broader border issues.

By attending this webinar you will learn about:

  • Import & Export Processes, including transit & easements such as Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP allows companies to transport goods into the UK without making a full customs declaration)
  • VAT policy
  • ‘New Approach’ Goods Regulations, including obligations on importers and distributors, and the use of the CE and UK Conformity Assessment marking in a ‘no deal’ scenario
  • Crucial steps businesses can take to prepare for a potential no deal Brexit and where to find the additional sources of information you may need

This webinar will include an opportunity for you to ask the questions you have directly to UK Government officials.

To sign up to the Webinar please register here


Other no-deal resources

The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published a series of short videos and leaflets to help businesses prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

The videos set out the actions that businesses will need to take to continue to trade in a ‘no deal’ EU Exit, and direct them towards further information available online.

Along with a general video and leaflet for all businesses, there are tailored products for specific industries. There are also two deep dive videos available that provide more detail on importing and exporting in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

The videos are all available here, and a toolkit will soon be available online with the full range of materials and advice on how to use them to engage with businesses.

Find out more here


Do you buy goods from overseas?

The Department for International Trade (DiT) have issued a series of informative videos to answer queries on tariffs

Funding available for complete customs declarations

Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.

Find out more here

Guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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:

Defra will continue to provide further information and guidance on other topics that may affect businesses should we leave the EU without a deal.

Guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance on:

For more information visit www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/prepare-your-business-for-the-uk-leaving-the-eu

Trading with countries outside the EU – get prepared, get your EORI number!

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU about simplified importing procedures and also updated them on the actions that they need to take to prepare. Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for customs will make importing easier for an initial period of one year, should we leave the EU without a deal, to allow businesses time to prepare for usual import processes.

Once businesses are registered for TSP, they will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and will be able to postpone paying any import duties. Businesses can apply from 7th February.

If you’re based outside the EU you need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number to trade goods with the UK.

Find out more and register here


Funding available for complete customs declarations

Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.

Find out more here

Department for Education (DfE) guidance to the Further Education (FE) sector and apprenticeship providers

DfE recently published guidance to support the FE sector to prepare in the event of no deal being reached.

The guidance signposts education institutions to relevant information, setting it in the context of how it may affect the education sector.

Find out more here

A ny questions or concerns, please get in touch with:

Toby.Kavakeb@education.gov.uk or Gita.Dean-Andrews@education.gov.uk.

Sector specific help

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:

Business support – Growth Hub

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.

Find out more here