Prepare for BREXIT

Prepare your business for EU Exit

HM Government has recently launched a business website for Brexit. Use the online tool to find out:

  • what your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

You’ll need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business.  Click here https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/

FREE ACCESS INFORMATION TO HELP BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR BREXIT

As part of our commitment to supporting businesses in Essex through our advice and signposting services, we have compiled these links to government and third party websites that provide the latest, free, Brexit guidance for businesses.  A brief content synopsis is provided for each link to help you determine the most appropriate read for your business.

  1. GOVERNMENT – TECHNICAL NOTICES

A Collection of Documents published by the Government on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

This Document puts the government’s technical notices in context, explaining the current progress in negotiations and the unlikely circumstances in which a no deal scenario might materialise.

It also explains the government’s overarching approach to preparing the UK for this outcome in order to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth and orderly exit in all scenarios.

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Applying for EU-funded programmes
  3. Driving and transport
  4. Farming and fishing
  5. Handling civil legal cases
  6. Importing and exporting
  7. Labelling products and making them safe
  8. Meeting business regulations
  9. Money and tax
  10. Personal data and consumer rights
  11. Protecting the environment
  12. Regulating energy
  13. Regulating medicines and medical equipment
  14. Regulating veterinary medicines
  15. Sanctions
  16. Satellites and space
  17. Seafaring
  18. State aid
  19. Studying in the UK or the EU
  20. Travelling between the UK and the EU
  21. Workplace rights

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal – CLICK HERE

  1. LETTERS ON ‘NO DEAL’ BREXIT ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES ONLY TRADING WITH THE EU

HMRC has written to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses across the UK, including Northern Ireland, which only trade with the EU.

The letters explain changes to customs, excise and VAT in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and what businesses can do to prepare.

HMRC will also continue to engage with businesses, representative organisations, intermediaries and infrastructure providers to ensure they have the information and support they need.

Letters on ‘no deal’ Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU – CLICK HERE

  1. GOVERNMENT – PARTNERSHIP PACK: PREPARING FOR CHANGES AT THE UK BORDER AFTER A ‘NO DEAL’ EU EXIT

This Partnership Pack is designed to help businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal.  This Pack was recently made available to assist businesses and those providing business advice and support to prepare for EU Exit

You can use this Pack for your contingency planning and to help your customers, members and clients to:

  • think about how they will need to adapt their business to comply with new systems, processes and controls
  • assess the impact of the increased demand for customs declarations on their business
  • consider whether they need to recruit and train additional staff
  • stay up-to-date with these changes

The Pack also provides step-by-step guides for importing and exporting in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, available either as a PDF or plain text.

Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU exit – CLICK HERE

  1. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S PREPAREDNESS NOTICE

This Notice, prepared by the European Commission, sets out the consequences of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without a formal, ratified agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

It covers information and guidance on:

  • Climate Action
  • Communications Networks, Content and Technology
  • Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Financial Service c& Capital Markets Union
  • Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Industrial Security
  • Justice & Consumers
  • Justice & Consumers / Mobility & Transport
  • Maritime Affairs & Fisheries
  • Mobility & Transport
  • Health & Food Safety
  • Secretariat – General
  • Trade / Taxation & Customs Union
  • Travelling

Preparedness notices – CLICK HERE

  1. BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE – BUSINESS BREXIT CHECKLIST

This checklist has been prepared in response BCC survey findings, which suggest that a significant number of firms are either watching and waiting – or taking no action at all. It is useful as a basis for business planning at both operational and Board level.  It highlights the key areas in which you should consider possible changes, and provides resources that can help you plan.

The keys areas covered are:

  • Workforce & future skills needs
  • Future staffing requirements
  • UK/EU customs checks
  • Potential delays at UK/EU border
  • Tariffs on UK-EU trade
  • Rules of Origin in UK-EU trade
  • EU trade agreements with third countries
  • Customs facilitations, reliefs etc.
  • Customs/export training
  • Incoterms
  • Import VAT
  • VAT registration in the EU
  • Currency risk
  • Intellectual Property
  • Contracts review
  • EU regulatory regime and data protection
  • Competition policy and state aid

Business Brexit Checklist – CLICK HERE

  1. FSB – SMALL BUSINESS BREXIT PACK

With the day on which the UK exits the EU fast approaching, the FSB feel they have a responsibility to help their smaller businesses.  This guide covers; End State Brexit Scenarios; Principles of Good Contingency Planning / Business Continuity Planning and Regulation and the European Union (Withdrawal Act 2018)

Key objectives of the Pack are to help member businesses to:

a) Understand the Withdrawal Agreement including EU Commission and UK Government ‘backstop’ propositions to avoid a hard border on the Island of Ireland;

b) Understand the range of ‘end state’ scenarios that are possible including;

  • No deal (with no transition period)
  • Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  • Association Agreement (Chequers)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) / Switzerland

c) Prepare for the scenario that would cause the most disruption to the business continuity of small businesses in the short to medium term.

Small Business Brexit Pack: Introduction – CLICK HERE

  1. LLOYDS BANK – BUSINESS GUIDES – BREXIT FAQS

Although originally prepared for Lloyds Bank customers, this information pack is a compilation of common queries raised by the Bank’s business customers, expressed as a series of FAQs and they have tried to detail clear answers and links to more information where relevant.

The questions cover general enquiries, business strategy, operations and business practices, supply chain management, financing and investments.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brexit – CLICK HERE

  1. EXPLAINER FOR THE AGREEMENT ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE UK FROM THE EU

This is another Government publication.  The document is intended as a guide to support understanding of the legal drafting of the Withdrawal Agreement as published on 14 November 2018 following a format of:

  1. Preamble
  2. Part One: Common Provisions
  3. Part Two: Citizens’ Rights
  4. Part Three: Separation Provisions
  5. Part Four: Implementation (Transition) Period
  6. Part Five: Financial Provisions
  7. Part Six: Institutional and Final Provisions
  8. Protocol: Northern Ireland
  9. Protocol: Sovereign Base Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Cyprus
  10. Protocol: Gibraltar
  11. Annexes to the Withdrawal Agreement

Explainer for the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union – DOWNLOAD HERE

9. BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE – BREXIT AGREEMENT FAQS

Following the publication of an updated version of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, jointly published by the UK & European Commission on 14th November 2018, the BCC has put together a FAQ on the Agreement and the likely next steps in the process.

The following areas are covered:

  1. What is the Withdrawal Agreement?
  2. What is the Political Declaration?
  3. What is the transition period?
  4. How will the transition period end?
  5. What is the “backstop” and why do we need one?
  6. How would a backstop operate?
  7. When would the backstop end?
  8. What does this mean for businesses trading with and in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland?
  9. What happens next?
  10. What should businesses be doing to prepare for Brexit?

Brexit Agreement FAQs – CLICK HERE