Preparing for Brexit
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU means businesses may need to prepare for change.
Leaving the EU with a deal remains the government’s top priority. However, a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019, and we recommend that businesses ensure they are prepared.
The government has published a wide range of advice packs for businesses and individuals in preparation for the UK exiting the EU. They have also published a range of guidance for businesses in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit.
The “Preparing for EU Exit” website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.
Government have also developed a tool specifically for businesses to help them prepare for EU Exit. It asks businesses to seven questions across key business operation areas that will be impacted, from which it pulls together guidance from across government relating to their circumstances.
As part of the 'no-deal' preparation process, the government has also prepared a ‘Partnership Pack’ with information designed to help businesses with their own contingency planning, as well as the customers and clients of business advice services.
The government has created an online tool for businesses to find the latest information on EU Exit, how they will be affected, and the actions they can take to prepare. Businesses can access the tool here www.gov.uk/euexitbusiness and sign up to receive customised alerts. New information will be published over the coming weeks so businesses should continue to check in on a regular basis.
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Several government departments have recently published information on the steps that businesses may need to take to prepare for our exit from the EU, please see updates below.
- 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: food labelling, exporting and importing fish, transporting endangered species, working with chemicals, pesticides, importing and exporting plants, trading timber, and managing data. Defra will continue to provide further information and guidance on other topics that may affect businesses should we leave the EU without a deal.
- The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance 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 www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/prepare-your-business-for-the-uk-leaving-the-eu
- 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.
- The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published sector primers for businesses setting out how to prepare for EU Exit. Please follow the links for: automotive, aerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, space, professional and business services, chemicals, electronics, machinery and parts, electricity sector and gas markets.
If you have any questions relating to business issues in the event of a no-deal Brexit please contact the team at Dorset Gateway.