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Preparing for EU Exit: Guidance and Information

You can find resources, information and local events related to Brexit to help your business prepare for leaving the EU here.

Check what you need to do
Complete the questions on this checker tool to identify what your business needs to do to prepare.

Trading, Importing and Exporting

As well as the main checker tool, there are a couple of importing and exporting specific resources for businesses.

6-point checklist to get your business ready to import after Brexit
The Government has produced a 6-point checklist on what you need to do now to make sure you’re able to receive goods from the EU following a no-deal Brexit.

7-point checklist to get your business ready to export after Brexit
The Government has produced a 7-point checklist on what you need to do now to make sure you’re able to send goods from the UK to the EU after Brexit.

Countries with no trade agreement with UK: Trading under WTO rules
If there is no trade agreement between the UK and another country after Brexit, the UK will trade with that country under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Here is an overview to Trading under WTO rules. In addition, you should check the specific country pages on the DIT website.

Trade agreements: DIT have produced documents relating to the new trade arrangements the UK has signed or is currently discussing, to replace the current EU agreements if there’s a no-deal Brexit: UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit

Businesses completing customs declarations
Grant opportunities are now available from a new Government fund of £16 million. The fund has been made available to support businesses that complete customs declarations by providing grants for training and IT provision. This is to ensure that trade with the EU continues as smoothly as possible after Brexit on 31 October.  For details of how to apply please see here.

Sector specific Brexit support

Use the Government checker tool to get sector specific information, including:

  • How to help your business prepare for Brexit
  • What’s changing in your industry
  • Information on specific rules and regulations.

EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit

To help equip employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, the Government has created this toolkit.Update on the EU Settlement Scheme – August 21st 2019

The UK Home Office released the below message on August 21st 2019 regarding freedom of movement post-Brexit and how this affects EU citizens living in the UK. This will be of particular relevance to employers with EU national employees. The Home Office message reads:

“There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding plans to end freedom of movement after we leave the EU, as well as what this means for EU citizens resident in the UK.

“We want to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that you still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now.

“Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

“Further details can be found in our free movement factsheet, but please feel free to contact us in writing by clicking here.”

Data Protection and Brexit

ICO GuidanceThe Information Commissioner’s Office has created guidance for small businesses and organisations to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The guidance is designed to help small to medium-sized UK businesses and organisations keep personal data flowing with Europe (the EEA) after Brexit. (The EEA is the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.)

The farming sector

This Government information is for the farming sector to know the changes they need to make to prepare your farming business for a no-deal Brexit.

Haulage and logistics

Hauliers and commercial drivers handbookThe Department for Transport launched a new campaign to help hauliers and commercial drivers get ready for Brexit and ensure they have what they need from traders to get through border customs smoothly.

Please read the handbook for help and advice on transporting goods between the UK and EU in a no-deal Brexit:

Hauliers and commercial drivers should make sure they have the correct documentation to travel to, from or through the EU when the UK leaves the EU.  Read the handbook published on 9 September for more information.

Businesses completing customs declarations

Grant opportunities are now available from a new Government fund of £16 million. The fund has been made available to support businesses that complete customs declarations by providing grants for training and IT provision. This is to ensure that trade with the EU continues as smoothly as possible after Brexit on 31 October.  For details of how to apply please see here.

Business support organisation support

Other useful information sources for businesses, in addition to the official government guidance include:

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