Preparations for leaving the EU
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.
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.
Gov.uk business advice tool
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.
Preparing for a no deal Brexit
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published a video and partnership pack to help businesses prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a ‘no deal’ scenario.
The partnership pack sets 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.
The video covers 5 key areas UK businesses must be aware of to keep trading goods with the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Along with a general video and leaflet for all businesses, there are tailored products for specific industries.
Do you buy goods from overseas?
The Department for International Trade (DiT) have issued a series of informative videos to answer queries on tariffs and free trade agreements.
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:
- Health and identification marks
- Importing high-risk food and animal feed
- GM food or feed or animal feed additives
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office has published guidance on exhaustion of intellectual property rights if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
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.
If you’re based outside the EU you need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number to trade goods with the UK.
Department for Education (DfE) guidance to the Further Education (FE) sector and apprenticeship providers
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:
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:
- 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
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.