Brexit Update

Brexit Update 12th August 2020

The UK has left the European Union and is currently in a transition period lasting until 31st December 2020. During the transition period the UK is still continuing to follow EU rules and regulations.

On 13th July, UK Government launched a campaign to prepare for the end of the transition period.

www.gov.uk/transition

UK/EU Trade talks

Trade talks are currently at stalemate with significant differences still remaining on state aid and access to fishing waters. The next round of trade talks began on 17 August but Germany, who now holds the EU presidency, has stated that it will not start to focus on these until September.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated his intention to seek a trade relationship similar to that of Australia which trades with the EU without a trade deal, although it is trying to negotiate one.

Trade talks

Countries where trade talks have been agreed

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries

Andean Countries Iceland and Norway Pacific States
Cariforum trade bloc Israel Palestinian Authority
Central America Jordan South Korea
Chile Kosovo South Africa and Mozambique Customs Union
Eastern and Southern Africa trade bloc Lebanon Switzerland
Faroe islands Lichtenstein Tunisia
Georgia Morocco  

Countries where terms of trade are still being negotiated

UK/US – third round of talks concluded in 7th August, ongoing, other countries include:

Albania (Western Balkans) Egypt Turkey
Algeria Ghana Ukraine
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mexico  
Cameroon Moldova  
Canada Montenegro  
Cote d’Ivorie North Macedonia  
East African Community Serbia  

Reach

The UK will implement its own UK REACH system and will not be part of the EU REACH system. The red line for the UK Government is that it will not be bound by decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which is the final arbiter in any dispute regarding EU REACH. The UK therefore cannot participate directly in EU Reach and instead will look to implement its own system which will initially mirror that of the EU regulatory framework.

UK based businesses as downstream users in the supply chain, will therefore need to ensure that their suppliers will hold the necessary registrations and authorisations to enable chemicals to continue to be placed on the UK market after 31st December 2020.

UK Global tariff 

The UK has published its global tariff effective from 1 January 2021 for imported goods.

This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31 December 2020 and is used where no trade terms have been agreed with a specific country.

Tariffs will be suspended or implemented at a zero rate where the country is not self-sufficient in a product, for example Group II base oil.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-tariffs-from-1-january-2021

 

Brexit Update 22nd July 2020

The UK’s New Start: Let’s Get Going

On Monday 13 July, Cabinet Office launched the public information campaign for the end of the Transition Period – UK’s New Start: Let’s Get Going.  The focus of the launch is on guidance and actions for businesses to consider taking for 1 January 2021, that do not depend on the outcome of the EU FTA negotiations.  This will continue to be updated and expanded as the FTA negotiations progress.

The landing page for this can be found at gov.uk/transition.

Border Operating Model

Secondly, HMRC and Cabinet Office has published the Border Operating Model and it is available here on GOV.UK.  This provides further details on how the border will work and the actions that traders and hauliers need to take.  This followed Sunday’s announcements of £705m of funding for new infrastructure, systems and staffing at the border.  HMG is aware that the model does not have every last piece of detail that is needed for the sector.

N.B. the operating model does not apply to UK internal movements such as those between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Traders moving goods between NI and GB should refer to the command paper that we published in May, and further guidance will be issued later in the summer.

Further details on the UK points-based immigration system

Thirdly, the Home Office released further details about the UK’s Points Based Immigration System which comes into effect on 1 January 2021 – you can see that statement here.  This builds on the document published in February, providing more detailed information on the key routes including the skilled worker and student routes.  Further guidance and the Immigration Rules will be published later this year before new routes open in the Autumn.

UK Internal Market White Paper and Open Consultation

Fourthly, on Thursday 16 July the BEIS Secretary of State launched a White Paper and open consultation on the UK Government’s approach to protecting the flow of goods and services within the UK’s Internal Market from 1 January 2021.  New powers returning from the EU will be transferred to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in a total of 160 policy areas which intersect with devolved competence.  To manage the rules and regulations impacting this flow after the Transition Period, the UK Government proposes to enshrine in law the principles of mutual recognition and non- discrimination.

The open consultation is now open for four weeks, closing on 13 August 2020.  The BEIS team leading this work is very keen to hear the views of the sector, so I would encourage you to feedback on this where there are issues of interest.

 

Brexit Update 13th July 2020

The European Union has published guidance on its rules and regulations governing the United Kingdom at the end of the transition period, effective 1st January 2021.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/european-union-and-united-kingdom-forging-new-partnership/future-partnership/getting-ready-end-transition-period_en

The European Union end of transition guidance on REACH can be found at

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/notice_to_stakeholders_brexit_reach.pdf

LEGAL SITUATION AS OFTHE END OF THE TRANSITION PERIOD as of  the  end  of  the  transition  period, Regulation  (EC)  No  1907/2006  of  the  European Parliament  and  of  the  Council  of  18  December  2006  concerning  the  Registration, Evaluation,  Authorisation  and  Restriction  of  Chemicals  (REACH)  and  establishing a European Chemicals  Agency no  longer  applies  in  the  United  Kingdom.

Guidance from the European Chemicals Agency can be found at

https://echa.europa.eu/uk-based-reach-registrant

Biocidal product guidance

The European Union has published guidance for companies on Biocidal products at the end of the transition period

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/brexit_files/info_site/biocidal-product_en.pdf

UK-based  suppliers included  in  the  list  established  under  Article  95  of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 should appoint a representative established within the  Union and communicate this  to the  European  Chemicals  Agency  (ECHA)(by submitting  a “request for correction”6) in due time, so that the information on the Article 95 list is updated before the end of the transition period.

Suppliers included  in  the  Article  95  list  and  located in  third  countries  with  a representative   in   the   United   Kingdom   should appoint   a   new   representative established within the Union and communicate this to ECHA (by means of a “request in due time, so that the information on the Article 95 list is updated before the end of the transition period).

UK-based holders of authorisations should transfer the authorisation to a new holder established within an EU Member State. UK-based authorisation holders can trigger the amendment of their existing authorisation  by  means  of  an  administrative  change requiring prior   notification   before   implementation. Such   a   change   has   to   be submitted sufficiently in time before the end of the transition period.

Ecolabel

The European Union has published guidance on Ecolabel at the end of the transition period.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/brexit_files/info_site/eu_ecolabel_en.pdf

To address the consequences set out in this notice, where economic operators hold an EU Ecolabel contract issued by the UK EU Ecolabel competent body prior to the end of the transition  period, and  plan  to  continue  using  the  EU  Ecolabel  when  placing  the  product concerned  on  the  EU  market after  the  end of  the  transition  period,  they  are  advised  to consider one of the two following options:

  • Applying for  a  new  contract  with the EU Ecolabel  competent body of  an  EU Member State; or
  • Arranging for a transfer on the basis of a contractual arrangement between the holder of  the  EU  Ecolabel,  the  UK EU Ecolabel  competent  body,  and  the EU Ecolabel   competent   body   of   an   EU   Member   State of   the   file   and   the corresponding contract  from  the  UK EU Ecolabel  competent body  to the EU Ecolabel competent body of an EU Member State.

Trademarks and designs

The European Union has published guidance for the end of the transition period on trademarks and designs.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/brexit_files/info_site/trademarks_and_designs_en.pdf

To address the consequences set out in this notice, stakeholders, in particular holders of a European   Union   (EU)   trade   mark, of   a   registered   Community   design   or   of   an unregistered Community Design pursuant to Union law, applicants for an EU trade mark or for  a registered Community design or any business operator who  can  potentially rely on  such  Regulations, are  in  particular  advised  to assess  the  consequences  of  the  end  of the transition period in view of this notice.

In  particular, natural  or  legal  persons that  are  domiciled  or  have their  principle  place  of business or  real  and  effective  industrial  or  commercial  establishment in  the  United Kingdom should  consider  the  need  to  designate  in  a  timely  manner  a  representative authorised  in  accordance  with  Union  law  for  the  purpose  of  representation before  the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Persons currently  authorised  to  represent  a  natural  or  legal  person  before  the  European Union Intellectual Property Office should examine, in case they are UK nationals and/or their  entitlement  to  represent  in  trade  mark  or  designs  matters is  based  on  a  UK qualification,  whether  they  continue  to  meet  the  relevant  requirements  for  professional representation before the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

 

REACH Update 22nd May 2020

A letter from Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), to the Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee dated 22 May concerning REACH.

In the letter DEFRA has indicated a change in the Government’s position regarding REACH so that now the UK is now no longer actively pursuing associate membership of EU REACH with ECHA, and instead is intent on establishing its own UK REACH regulatory system from 1st January 2021.

Consequently any registrations and authorisations held with ECHA by a UK–based legal entity or UK-based Only Representative will need to be transferred to an EU-based Only Representative or EU-based legal entity in order to maintain validity to ensure chemicals can continue to be placed on the EU market. Guidance from ECHA on the UK withdrawal can be found at: https://echa.europa.eu/uk-withdrawal-from-the-eu

Any existing EU REACH registrations and authorisations held by an EU-based Only Representative or EU-Based legal entity will need to be registered with UK REACH by a UK-based legal entity or UK-based Only Representative in order to ensure chemicals can continue to be placed on the UK market after the end of the transition period. Guidance from HSE on Brexit and REACH can be found at https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/reach-guidance.htm

 

Brexit Update 5th February 2020

The Prime Minister has issued a written Ministerial Statement on UK negotiations with the European Union that sets out the Government’s proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship.

The UK has entered into a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate a Canada-style free trade agreement. This link provides a list of actions businesses can take now.

Companies House guidance has been issued to help you find out whether your business will need to change its company registration from 1 January 2021, and how to do this. Changing your company registration from 1st January 2021.

The UK will introduce a points-based immigration system from 2021. The Home Office has created this page which will be updated with the latest information about the new-points based immigration system. You can also sign up for email alerts. New immigration system: what you need to know.

Department for International Trade has issued guidance to help you find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period. UK trade agreements with non EU countries.

Department for Exiting the European Union has issued guidance on International Agreements with third countries during the transition period. International agreements with third countries during the transition period.

The Competition and Markets Authority has issued guidance on its functions under the Withdrawal Agreement. The guidance is intended for businesses and their legal advisors but may also be of interest to other enforcers. UK Exit from the EU: Guidance on the functions of the CMA under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Intellectual Property Office has issued information on trademarks, designs, patents, copyright, and exhaustion of IP rights during the transition period. Intellectual property and the transition period.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trademarks at the end of the transition period. EU trademark protection and comparable UK trademarks.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance for businesses holding registered community designs and international trademarks and designs after the end of the transition period. Changes to EU and international designs and trade mark protection from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance for businesses who have unregistered community designs. Changes to unregistered designs from 1 January 2021

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance covering the impacts of changes to copyright law after the transition period on UK right holders, businesses, cultural heritage institutions and consumers. It is not legal advice. Changes to copyright law from1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance on actions that parallel exporters to the EEA and intellectual property rights holders will need to take after the transition period. Exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance on international trademark registrations protected in the EU under the Madrid Protocol which will no longer enjoy protection in the UK after the transition period. Changes to international trade mark registrations from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance on how protection in the EU for databases produced in the UK will change after the end of the transition period. Sui generis database rights from 1 January 2021.

 

Brexit update 5th January 2020

The Prime Minister has issued a written Ministerial Statement on UK negotiations with the European Union that sets out the Government’s proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship.

The UK has entered into a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate a Canada-style free trade agreement. This link provides a list of actions businesses can take now.

Companies House guidance has been issued to help you find out whether your business will need to change its company registration from 1 January 2021, and how to do this. Changing your company registration from 1st January 2021.

The UK will introduce a points-based immigration system from 2021. The Home Office has created this page which will be updated with the latest information about the new-points based immigration system. You can also sign up for email alerts. New immigration system: what you need to know.

Department for International Trade has issued guidance to help you find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period. UK trade agreements with non EU countries.

Department for Exiting the European Union has issued guidance on International Agreements with third countries during the transition period. International agreements with third countries during the transition period.

The Competition and Markets Authority has issued guidance on its functions under the Withdrawal Agreement. The guidance is intended for businesses and their legal advisors but may also be of interest to other enforcers. UK Exit from the EU: Guidance on the functions of the CMA under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Intellectual Property Office has issued information on trademarks, designs, patents, copyright, and exhaustion of IP rights during the transition period. Intellectual property and the transition period.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trademarks at the end of the transition period. EU trademark protection and comparable UK trademarks.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance for businesses holding registered community designs and international trademarks and designs after the end of the transition period. Changes to EU and international designs and trade mark protection from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance for businesses who have unregistered community designs. Changes to unregistered designs from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance covering the impacts of changes to copyright law after the transition period on UK right holders, businesses, cultural heritage institutions and consumers. It is not legal advice. Changes to copyright law from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance on actions that parallel exporters to the EEA and intellectual property rights holders will need to take after the transition period. Exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance on international trademark registrations protected in the EU under the Madrid Protocol which will no longer enjoy protection in the UK after the transition period. Changes to international trade mark registrations from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual Property Office has issued guidance on how protection in the EU for databases produced in the UK will change after the end of the transition period. Sui generis database rights from 1 January 2021.

 

Brexit Special 13th December 2019

At the general election held on the 12th December, the people of the United Kingdom voted for a majority Conservative Government to lead them for the next five years.

In terms of Brexit, this means that the UK Government will press ahead with its plans to leave the European Union at the end of January 2020. Following which it will enter a period of transition lasting until 31st December 2020 within which it will aim to negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU to take effect from 1st January 2021. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out an extension to the existing transition period.

The renegotiated withdrawal agreement between the UK Government and the European Union, published on 19th October will now enter its second reading in the House of Commons once Parliament has been recalled. Details of the renegotiated withdrawal agreement, which include a commitment to a frictionless border between Northern and the Republic of Ireland, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration

Following the transition period, the UK Government will introduce its temporary tariff table which will last for up to two years until permanent tariffs can be established. Details of these tariffs, of which additives, base oil and finished lubricants will still be able to enter the UK under a tariff-free status, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/temporary-tariff-regime-for-no-deal-brexit-published

On Immigration, the UK Government has pledged a commitment to introduce an Australian-style points-based system which will allow skilled workers and those workers needed to support the UK economy, to continue to live and work in the United Kingdom. For details of the Conservative party manifesto which will form the basis of the UK Government’s legislative agenda, please visit https://vote.conservatives.com/our-plan

On chemical regulation, the UK Government has pledged a commitment to alignment with existing European Union chemicals regulations including REACH, CLP and BPR. For details of the UK chemicals industry guidance in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, please visit the Health & Safety Executive’s website at https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/index.htm

On more general guidance for companies operating in the chemical sector in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

The UK Government remains committed to negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union, but not be part of a single market or customs union, and has already reached agreement with the EU on the terms of withdrawal. So although a ‘no deal’ Brexit is unlikely, it is not impossible and UKLA’s advice to member companies is to continue to monitor and abide by official UK Government communications on Brexit and to prepare plans in the event of there being no agreement with the European Union on the future terms of trade.

 

Brexit Update 21st October 2019

HSE and Defra Brexit Events – Working with Chemicals

Defra are hosting two joint stakeholder events with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to help you get ready for Brexit.

The content for the events will be split across the different chemicals regimes to help you choose the best event for your business.

Wednesday 23rd October – Aintree Race Course – Liverpool

  • REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisations and Restriction of Chemicals)
  • CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging)
  • PIC (Prior Informed Consent)

Tuesday 29th October – Principal Hotel – York

  • BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation)
  • PPPs (Plant Protection Products

 

General Business Brexit events

As part of its ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign, the Government continues to run a series of free business readiness events across the UK.

These free events will offer businesses help and advice on how to prepare for Brexit, enabling them to meet with government advisors to discuss what they need to do, understand what’s changing in their industry, and get information on specific rules and regulations.  Each event will feature interactive support and advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will encourage businesses to use the new checker tool to quickly identify what they need to do to ‘Get ready for Brexit’.

More than 2000 businesses have already attended and last week 88% of attendees felt more prepared for Brexit. All locations and dates are confirmed below:

  • Middlesbrough – Tuesday 22 October
  • Stoke-on-Trent – Tuesday 22 October
  • Canterbury – Wednesday 23 October
  • Wolverhampton – Wednesday 23 October

HM Government Online Brexit Business Readiness Event

For those businesses unable to attend one of the roadshow events, HM Government has a free online Brexit Business Readiness Event to allow you to watch presentations from government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare for Brexit. Understand what Brexit means for business, find out why personal data matters, plan for imports, exports and international trade after Brexit, and learn more about how to prepare your services business, or what to do if you operate in chemical sectors.

You can view the presentation online by clicking this link – Online Brexit Business Readiness Event. 

HMRC Funding

HMRC has funding available for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers who complete, or intend to complete, customs declarations following the UK’s exit from the EU. The funding can be used to upskill employees, make IT improvements or hire new employees to manage customs declarations and processes.

The application window is currently open and will close on 31 January 2020, or earlier once all funding is allocated, so businesses are encouraged to apply early.

For more information, please visit the dedicated customs intermediary grant website https://www.customsintermediarygrant.co.uk/ or call the helpline on +44(0)28 9041 5471

HMRC Helpline

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after October 31.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please make your members and stakeholders aware of this support line.

DEFRA No Deal Planning Podcasts

DEFRA have produced a number of podcasts to assist with No Deal Planning. They can be found here and include topics such as tariffs, trade agreements and chemicals.

Border Delivery Group Webinars

Get Ready for Brexit. EU based businesses trading goods to or via the UK are invited to sign up to a webinar led by the UK Government Border Delivery Group to receive guidance and information on the steps required before 31 October.

To avoid disruption following the UK’s exit from the EU, traders, customs agents, hauliers and other intermediaries must take action and have the right paperwork in place to enable their goods to pass through controls at the UK and EU borders. The UK Government Border Delivery Group (BDG) is arranging a series of webinars targeted at EU businesses which will help to provide clarity on what is expected of them, their clients and their supply chain as they look to trade goods across the border. This series of webinars will include information on border preparedness, customs procedures at the border, relevant sector-specific content and a Q&A session. Participants are invited to register for the webinar most relevant to their sector.

The below link will take you to an Eventbrite page, displaying the upcoming webinars with dates and times. Please choose the webinar you find most appropriate and register to confirm your attendance and receive the webinar details. Following the completion of the webinar registered participants will receive the relevant material and answers to questions asked during the session.

Link to Eventbrite & further details:  borderdeliverygroup.eventbrite.com

Teleconference Call with Minister Kelly Tolhurst

A teleconference call between Minister Kelly Tolhurst and SMEs will take place on 23 October. The event is titled: Your Minister, Your Questions: How will Brexit impact small businesses’ ability to share data? In the call we will be discussing with small business owners how they use personal data, the steps that they will need to take to ensure they can comply with the changes once the UK has left and continue to send and receive personal data across the EU/EEA.

Here is the Eventbrite link with further info.

Recent Announcements

NEW – Department for Transport have produced guidance on Operation Brock which is a new system to reduce traffic disruption to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. Operation Brock: Kent traffic management on M20 to Dover and Eurotunnel

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance on the actions that parallel exporters to the EEA and intellectual property rights holders will need to take after Brexit. Exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade after Brexit.

Department for International Trade have produced guidance for UK businesses offering services if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Update – Update to ‘Business travel and entry requirements’ section. Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein after Brexit. 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published guidance on how to cross-border trading and supply of electricity would be affected if there’s a no-del Brexit. Update – Updated information regarding legislation for the Single Electricity Market (SEM) in Northern Ireland. Trading electricity if there’s no Brexit deal

NEW – Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport have produced guidance of what you must do to comply with the regulations covering the security of network and information systems. NIS Regulations – what UK digital service providers operating in the EU should do after Brexit

NEW – Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport have produced guidance of actions organisations in the UK that provide online services should take to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. eCommerce Directive – what online service providers in the UK should do to get ready for Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trademarks after the UK leaves the EU. Changes to trademark law after Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance on what will change and what will stay the same in relation to Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and patent law: information for businesses, legal representatives, and UK rights holders. Changes to SPC and patent law after Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance on rules that mean UK customers can access their online content services when they visit the EU will change.  Cross-border portability of online content services after Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance on how protection in the EU for databases produced in the UK will change after Brexit. Sui generis database rights after Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance for businesses who have unregistered Community designs. Changes to unregistered designs after Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance on what to do if you have pending court proceedings and other legal issues. EU and international designs and Brexit: legal issues for right holders

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced guidance for businesses holding registered Community designs and international trade marks after Brexit. Changes to EU and international designs and trade mark protection after Brexit

NEW – The Intellectual Property Office have produced on the impacts on UK right holders, businesses, cultural heritage institutions and consumers. It is not legal advice. Changes to copyright law after Brexit

Importing and Exporting

HMRC have produced guidance on how to prepare if you trade goods or move between Northern Ireland and Ireland in a no-deal Brexit. UPDATE – Information added about moving excise goods, trading in chemicals and pesticides, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the government’s unilateral policy. Trading and moving between Northern Ireland and Ireland in a no-deal Brexit.

Business Support

Checker Tool

GOV.UK has an online checker tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Checker Tool to find out:

  • What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • What’s changing in their sector
  • Information on specific rules and regulations

Businesses will need to answer simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business.   Business can also Stay Up To date by signing up for email alerts about Brexit at https://www.gov.uk/email-signup/?topic=/brexit

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK. Please could you pass on to your members and networks. The sectors covered are:

Chemicals

Oil and Gas Production 

 

Brexit briefing Tuesday 15th October 2019

British Library Webinars – UK Government is working with the British Library to produce a series of webinars to help businesses prepare for Brexit. All our webinars can be found here. Please note the link will become live to joining half an hour before the start time and no password is required. Please share these webinars with your members.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Helpline – On Monday 16 September 2019, HMRC launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after 31 October 2019. The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.The HMRC has also produced:

  • Updated guidance to help businesses find out what grants they can apply for to get funding for recruitment, training and IT improvements if they complete customs declarations (businesses can now apply for funding towards hiring new staff to help them complete customs declarations): Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations.


HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade (DIT) update on the UK’s temporary tariff regime if we leave the EU without a deal: Temporary tariff regime updated.

Border Delivery Group Webinars – Get Ready for Brexit! If you are an EU based business trading goods to or via the UK, please sign up to a webinar led by the UK Government Border Delivery Group to receive guidance and information on the steps you may need to take before 31 October 2019.

To avoid disruption following the UK’s exit from the EU, traders, customs agents, hauliers and other intermediaries must take action and have the right paperwork in place to enable their goods to pass through controls at the UK and EU borders.

The UK Government Border Delivery Group is arranging a series of webinars targeted at EU businesses which will help to provide clarity on what is expected of them, their clients and their supply chain as they look to trade goods across the border. Please note that attendance at each event will be capped. We invite you to register for these webinars here.

 

Supply Chain Engagement BEIS is offering to co-host workshops with companies with large supply chains on preparing for Brexit. We are particularly interested in reaching out to SMEs within supply chains who may not have otherwise undertaken the necessary preparations. This can include face-to-face events, webinars or other ways to effectively engage supply chains.

Should you be interested in co-hosting a supply chain engagement with BEIS, please email sed@beis.gov.uk for more information. For trade associations, as appropriate, please make your members with large supply chains aware of this initiative.

No Deal Readiness Report – A report from Cabinet Office, Department for Exiting the European Union, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP. The report sets out in one place what will change if we leave the EU without a deal and outlines what the Government is doing to get ready for Brexit on 31 October 2019: No-Deal Readiness Report.

Office for Product Safety and Standards updated guides for businesses on specific product safety and metrology regulations in a no-deal Brexit (guides added for Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 and Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016): UK product safety and metrology in a no-deal Brexit.

 

News Flash – Tuesday 8th October 2019

This morning the Government reconfirmed the Temporary Tariff Regime for if the UK leaves the EU without a deal (see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/temporary-tariff-regime-updated).

Tariffs relating to the import of base oil, additives and finished lubricants remain at zero as per the previous policy announcement in March. The full updated tariff document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-customs-tariff-establishment-eu-exit-regulations

 

 

UKLA Brexit briefing Tuesday 1st October 2019

Brexit Business Readiness Events

As part of its new ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign, the Government is running a series of free business readiness events across the UK.

These free events will offer businesses help and advice on how to prepare for Brexit, enabling them to meet with government advisors to discuss what they need to do, understand what’s changing in their industry, and get information on specific rules and regulations.  Each event will feature interactive support and advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will encourage businesses to use the new checker tool to quickly identify what they need to do to ‘Get ready for Brexit’.

More than 800 businesses have already attended and last week 85% of attendees left feeling better prepared for Brexit. The next locations are:

  • Southampton – Monday 20 September
  • Brighton – Tuesday 1 October
  • Hull – Thursday 3 October
  • Plymouth – Thursday 3 October
  • Leeds – Friday 4 October
  • Derry/Londonderry – Monday 7 October
  • Cambridge – Monday 7 October
  • Belfast – Tuesday 8 October
  • Ipswich – Tuesday 8 October
  • Newcastle – Wednesday 9 October
  • Carlisle – Friday 11 October
  • Cardiff – Monday 14 October
  • Liverpool – Monday 14 October
  • Bristol – Tuesday 15 October
  • Wrexham – Tuesday 15 October

 British Library Webinars

UK Government is working with the British Library to produce a series of webinars to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The next webinar will be next Wednesday 9th October at 11am covering carbon pricing policy in the event of no deal. Topics covered will include the implications for UK businesses of leaving the EU Emissions Trading System, emissions monitoring and reporting requirements in 2019 and 2020, and compliance with the Carbon Emissions Tax. There will be the opportunity to ask questions.

All details can be found here and the link will be live from 10:30pm on Wednesday 9th October. More webinars will be confirmed in due course.

HMRC Helpline

On Monday 16 September, HMRC launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after October 31.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Border Delivery Group Webinars

Get Ready for Brexit! If you are an EU based business trading goods to or via the UK, please sign up to a webinar led by the UK Government Border Delivery Group to receive guidance and information on the steps you may need to take before 31 October.

To avoid disruption following the UK’s exit from the EU, traders, customs agents, hauliers and other intermediaries must take action and have the right paperwork in place to enable their goods to pass through controls at the UK and EU borders. The UK Government Border Delivery Group (BDG) is arranging a series of webinars targeted at EU businesses which will help to provide clarity on what is expected of them, their clients and their supply chain as they look to trade goods across the border.

Please note that attendance at each event will be capped. We invite you to register for these webinars via the Eventbrite link.

Supply Chain Engagement

As part of UK Government efforts to prepare SMEs for the 31 October, BEIS is offering to co-host workshops with companies with large supply chains on preparing for Brexit. We are particularly interested in reaching out to SMEs within supply chains who may not have otherwise undertaken the necessary preparations. This can include face-to-face events, webinars or other ways to effectively engage supply chains.

Should you be interested in co-hosting a supply chain engagement with BEIS, please email sed@beis.gov.uk for more information.

Recent Announcements

Regulations

NEW – Office for Product Safety and Standards have produced detailed guides for businesses on specific product safety and metrology regulations in a no deal Brexit. UK product safety and metrology in a no deal Brexit

Importing and Exporting

NEW – Department for Transport have provided a summary of the driver, vehicle, cargo and customs documents required to transport goods into the EU after Brexit. Hauliers and commercial drivers: you will need new documents to transport goods into the EU after Brexit.

NEW – Guidance has been published on the process for freight roll-on, roll-off (RORO) imports and exports between the UK and the EU for a no deal Brexit (excluding Northern Ireland). How to move goods through RORO locations in a no deal Brexit: EU to UK and UK to EU.

HMRC have produced guidance about simplified customs processes for UK businesses trading with the EU in a no-deal Brexit. Update – Information about moving goods with an ATA Carnet through the ports of Holyhead and Dover and Eurotunnel has been added. Using customs procedures in a no-deal Brexit

Grants

HMRC have produced guidance to find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations. Update – Information about how to treat the grants for tax has been added. Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

Business Support

Checker Tool

GOV.UK has an online checker tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Checker Tool to find out:

  • What your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • What’s changing in their sector
  • Information on specific rules and regulations

Businesses will need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business.

Get Ready for Brexit Videos

Government has produced 11 ‘how to prepare for Brexit videos’ aimed at business. The topics they cover are:

 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK.

The sectors covered are:

 

UKLA Brexit Guidance 23rd September 2019

Brexit Business Readiness Events

As part of its new ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign, the Government is running a series of free business readiness events across the UK during September and October.

These free events will offer businesses help and advice on how to prepare for Brexit, enabling them to meet with government advisors to discuss what they need to do, understand what’s changing in their industry, and get information on specific rules and regulations.  Each event will feature interactive support and advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will encourage businesses to use the new checker tool to quickly identify what they need to do to ‘Get ready for Brexit’.

To find out more and book, visit Brexit Business Readiness Events.

British Library Webinars

HM Government are working with the British Library to produce a series of webinars to help prepare businesses for Brexit. The first webinar will be next Monday 30th September at 2pm covering he regulation of manufactured goods covered by the “New Approach” (i.e. mostly CE marked goods) in the event of no deal. Topics covered will include CE and UKCA Marking, Notified Bodies, conformity assessment, importer duties and declarations of conformity, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

All details can be found here and the link will be live from 1:30pm on Monday 30th September.

HMRC Helpline and Guidance

On Monday 16 September, HMRC launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after October 31.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please make your members and stakeholders aware of this support line.

SME Leaflet

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced a leaflet for SMEs to help them prepare for leaving the EU. You can find it here or attached.

Recent Announcements

Regulations

DEFRA have produced guidance on how to comply with the EU’s REACH chemical regulations when you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, and how to prepare for a no deal Brexit.  Update – Added link to the process maps collection How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

IPO and BEIS have produced guidance on changes to trade mark law in the event of no deal from the European Union. Update – Changes to trade mark law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement updated. Changes to trade mark law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement.

Importing and Exporting

NEW – HMRC have provided guidance if you’ve chosen to account for import VAT on your VAT Return in a no-deal Brexit.  Complete your VAT Return to account for import VAT in a no-deal Brexit.

NEW – HMRC have provided guidance if you’re a VAT-registered business find out when you can account for import VAT on your VAT Return for goods brought into the UK in a no-deal Brexit. Check when you’ll need to account for import VAT in a no-deal Brexit.

HMRC have created resources to help Brexit preparations. Update – Page updated to include two documents: ‘How to import goods from the EU into the UK through roll on roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit’ and ‘How to export goods into the EU through roll on roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit’. HMRC Brexit communications resources

NEW – DEFRA have published promotional material on the way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for chemicals. Chemical exporters: steps to export chemicals to the EU after Brexit

NEW – DEFRA have published flow charts for the way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for certain goods and products. Flowcharts for import and export processes after Brexit

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance to find alternative offices of destination or departure when moving goods under Common Transit Convention through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in a no-deal Brexit. Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel using common transit

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance regarding the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel cannot process ATA Carnets, so find out where to go when moving goods with an ATA Carnet in a no-deal Brexit. Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel with an ATA Carnet

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance regarding the Port of Holyhead cannot process ATA Carnets, so you’ll need to go to Roadking Truckstop when moving goods with an ATA Carnet in a no-deal Brexit. Moving goods through the Port of Holyhead with an ATA Carnet

DIT have produced guidance on UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit. Update – Updated after signing of UK-Japan exchange of letters on mutual recognition of conformity assessment. UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit

VAT Changes

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance to help you find out how to claim VAT refunds from EU member states after Brexit. Claim VAT refunds from EU countries after Brexit

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance to help you declare sales and pay VAT if you sell digital services to EU customers, by registering for VAT or VAT MOSS in an EU member state. Pay VAT when you sell digital services to EU customers after Brexit

Accounting

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance on how companies incorporated in the UK, or where the parent company is incorporated in the UK, can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after Brexit. Update – Increased visibility of calls to action. Removed information about what EEA companies need to do after Brexit. This information has been moved to a new guide. Accounting for UK companies after Brexit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance on how EEA companies and groups with a presence in the UK can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after Brexit. Update – moved information from the general accounting after Brexit guide. Increased visibility of calls to action. Accounting for EEA organisations after Brexit

Business Support

Triage Tool

GOV.UK has an online checker tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Checker Tool to find out:

What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU

What’s changing in their sector

Information on specific rules and regulations

Businesses will need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK. Please could you pass on to your members and networks. The sectors covered are:

Automotive

Chemicals

Oil and Gas Production 

EU EXIT: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

E: sed@beis.gov.uk

Useful guides and links for more information:

Transporting goods between the UK and the EU in a no deal Brexit – a guidance for hauliers

How to import goods from the EU into the UK through Roll on Roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit

Simple trader checklist to get ready for Brexit

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EORI_mythbuster

Chemicals Process get ready

190912 BEIS Brexit A5 Booklet (Print)

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19th September Forum Slides

UKLA Brexit Guidance 13th September 2019

Brexit Roadshows

To help business prepare for exiting the EU on 31 October 2019, the Government have come together to deliver a new series of ‘One HMG’ events, beginning Monday 16 September to 18 October 2019.

As part of the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign, the Government will be delivering 30 events across the UK, talking face-to-face with up to 100 businesses at each event, with the aim of making sure as many businesses are preparing for Brexit as possible.

To enable businesses to sign-up to these roadshows UK Government has launched a website for the roadshows which lists dates and times, venues, and registration instructions.

The first week’s roadshows are:

  • 16 September – Northampton
  • 17 September – Nottingham
  • 18 September – West Midlands (venue TBC)
  • 19 September – Swindon
  • 20 September – London

These roadshows will bring together expertise from across Departments including BEIS, the Home Office, HMRC, DIT, DEFRA and DCMS, and combine interactive support and in-depth advice sessions to help business of all sizes get ready for Brexit.

More information and for details of how to register can be found at the following link https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/brexitbusinessreadinessevents/.

Home Office (HO) updated guidance on the movement of people after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (updated guidance to reflect change in policy): EU immigration after free movement ends if there’s no deal and https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-09-04/HCWS1817/

Home Office (HO) updated guidance on the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal (guidance updated following Government announcement): Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families

Home Office (HO) updated guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks on EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members in the UK after Brexit: Right to work checks on EU citizens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Data Protection – If your business or organisation receives personal data from partners or suppliers in EU or EEA countries they must act now to ensure they can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone – this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details. To continue receiving personal data legally after Brexit, review your supplier contracts and read this guidance: www.gov.uk/guidance/using-personal-data-after-brexit

 

HMRC updated guidance on registering to use simplified transitional procedures for goods brought into the UK from the EU (agents section updated to clarify that when an agent acts as a direct representative of a trader registered for transitional simplified procedure the trader is liable for the customs debt): Register for simplified import procedures in a no-deal Brexit

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers. HMRC has announced that as many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019. Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Getting an EORI number is only the first step that businesses need to action urgently to be prepared for leaving the EU. After getting an EORI number, businesses need to decide how to make customs declarations. Traders can complete these themselves or employ a customs agent to do this.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) updated guidance on how VAT rules for UK businesses trading with EU countries would be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a deal (now includes detailed instructions on completing the European community sales list before Brexit): VAT for businesses if there’s no Brexit deal

HMRC update on statutory instruments relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and Brexit – The Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019, The Customs and Excise (Miscellaneous Provisions and Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and The Excise Duties (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 4) Regulations 2019 have now been laid before Parliament and published on the UK Legislation website: Statutory Instruments relating to Brexit

HMRC updated information relating to grants which businesses can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if a business completes customs declarations (applications have now re-opened for the training and IT improvements grants): Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

E-Commerce – If your business provides online services within the European Economic Area (EEA), they may have to comply with new rules governing online activities within those countries if there is a no deal Brexit. For more information please read our no deal guidance on the eCommerce Directive. If they hold a .eu domain name, or are considering registering for one, read our no deal guidance on .eu domain names for information about the eligibility criteria and what to do in a no deal Brexit.

 

 

Brexit Guidance:  Updated as at 02/09/2019

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October. The Business Readiness Fund is open to business organisations and trade associations in the UK and will support them as they assist businesses in making sure they are fully prepared for Brexit. Applications for grants will be accepted up to 30 September, and administered through a dedicated gov.uk website that will be launched and available later today. These funds will help organisations and trade associations support large and small businesses in preparing leaving the EU. More information on the fund is available on the BEIS press release

In addition, as the UK prepares to leave the EU, HMRC has started to automatically enrol all relevant traders that are VAT registered to have EORI numbers. EORI numbers are key to continuing to trade with the EU and HMRC is sending letters to businesses over the next few weeks to advise of them of their assigned EORI number. Getting an EORI number is the first step that businesses need to action urgently to be prepared for leaving the EU. Traders also need to consider how they will make customs declarations and whether to apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures. Guidance on this is available at www.gov.uk/hmrc/customs-process

If businesses are not VAT registered and need to continue to trade with the EU, getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 15 minutes [www.gov.uk/hmrc/get-eori]. If businesses are trading in the EU, they will also need to apply for an EU EORI number.

 

Brexit Guidance:  Updated as at 16/7/2019

SME Business Growth and Support Workshops: Boston, Durham, Norwich and Taunton – the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is holding a series of workshops for SMEs on issues related to business growth and success. The events will allow businesses to set out their priorities on a range of business issues, including Brexit. Officials from across government will also be sharing information on operational areas that are expected to change when the UK leaves the EU and the preparations businesses need to make on areas including importing, exporting & transporting and employing EU citizens.

Home Office (HO) update – Announcement that it is engaging a range of stakeholders (including business) across the UK, and internationally, to listen to their views, to help shape the future immigration system: The UK’s future skills-based immigration system: engagement programme

HO guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who wish to continue working in the UK after EU Exit: Rights and status of frontier workers in the UK after Brexit

HO updated guidance for caseworkers considering applications under the EU Settlement Scheme (now with an added link to the National Archives website for previous versions of the guidance) including those used for the testing phases of the EU Settlement Scheme: EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance

HO updated information for EU citizens and their families applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (assisted digital locations and assisted digital home visits have been updated): EU Settlement Scheme: Assisted Digital service

HO updated details of Locations where EU citizens can go to get their biometric ID document scanned if they do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC): EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations

Department for International Trade guidance for UK businesses offering services in EU or EFTA countries if the UK leaves the EU with no deal: Providing services to any country in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland after EU Exit

HM Revenue and Customs updated details on Statutory Instruments relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (i.e. The Customs (Revocation of Retained Direct EU Legislation, etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019): Statutory Instruments relating to EU Exit

Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) privacy notice explaining how DExEU will process personal data related to Freedom of Information Requests and Subject Access Requests: Department for Exiting the European Freedom of Information and Subject Access Request Privacy Notice

Written Ministerial statement allowing members of the public to view all EU legislation relevant to the UK exiting the EU: The government and The National Archives prepare for EU exit

 

 

UKLA Brexit Guidance updated as at 1st July 2019

UK Government is still currently planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario which is the default option if the terms of the withdrawal agreement cannot be passed by the UK Parliament before October 31st 2019, although Government policy remains to agree terms for withdrawal and trade with the EU.

  1. Chemical sector guidance

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and you are a company that makes, supplies or uses chemicals, there may be changes that affect your business.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

  1. Importing and Exporting

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you’ll need an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB to trade goods into and out of the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-uk-eori-number-to-trade-within-the-eu

Using customs procedures if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Find out about simplified customs processes for UK businesses trading with the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/customs-procedures-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal

  1. Chemical Regulation (including REACH)

After the UK leaves the EU there will be changes to all chemical regulations, including EU REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation).

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU REACH regulations will be brought into UK law to create ‘UK REACH.’

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit#regulation-and-standards

Guidance on chemical regulation from the European Chemical Agency (ECHA)

If your company is established in the EU-27/EEA, you will be affected whenever your supply chains as a customer or supplier extend to the UK.

https://echa.europa.eu/uk-withdrawal-from-the-eu

  1. Employing People

Right to work checks

You should continue to carry out the same right to work checks on all EU/EEA and Swiss citizens, by using their passport or national identity card, until January 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit#your-employees

EU Settlement Scheme

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who are resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to get settled or pre-settled status. This will mean they can continue to live, work and study in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens arriving in the UK from Exit Day to 31 December 2020 can continue to come to the UK, to live, work and study without applying for a visa in advance.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit#your-employees

Travelling to the EU

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, British passport holders travelling to the EU will need to have 6 months remaining validity on their passport, not including any extra months added to a 10 year passport if it was renewed early.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit#your-employees

  1. Energy and Climate

Participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then the EU rules governing the EU ETS would no longer apply to the UK.

Business emissions from 1 January 2019 onwards will no longer be covered by the EU ETS, so UK businesses would no longer need to surrender allowances for these emissions at the end of each year.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit#energy-and-climate

  1. UKLA Policy

UKLA policy remains that companies should keep ahead of developments by continuing to monitor official announcements, whilst making plans in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

UKLA Brexit guidance updated as at 6th June 2019

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy guidance on how companies can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after the UK leaves the EU: Accounting if there’s no Brexit deal

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy guidance on what audit firms, auditors, and those with an audit qualification should do to prepare before the UK leaves the EU: Auditing if there’s no Brexit deal

Department for Transport updated guidance on what truck and lorry drivers from the UK may need to do to drive in the EU and EEA if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019: Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit: lorry and goods vehicle drivers

Home Office updated information on the locations where you can go to get your biometric ID document scanned if you do not have an Android device with near field communication: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations

The Department for International Trade updated information on maintaining continuity in the trade relationships between the UK and the CARIFORUM states (references have been updated to the EU Exit date and to the number of countries who have signed the agreement): Continuing the UK’s trade relationship with the CARIFORUM states: parliamentary report

Department for International Trade guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Papua New Guinea if we leave the EU with no deal: Exporting to Papua New Guinea after EU Exit

Department for International Trade guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Malta if we leave the EU with no deal: Exporting to Malta after EU Exit

 

 

Brexit Update as at 31 May 2019

Department for International Trade has a list of the trade and mutual recognition agreements the UK has signed with non-EU countries. Update – the Andean countries (Columbia, Peru, Ecuador) have been added to the list: Signed UK trade agreements transitioned from the EU

Information on the ‘Written Confirmation’ process, for active substances manufactured in the United Kingdom (UK) that will be adopted in a no deal scenario. Update published an updated Register of Written Confirmations for UK Active Substance Manufacturers: Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal scenario

Home Office update on the locations where EU citizens applying for the UK Settlement scheme can go to get their biometric ID document scanned if they do not have an Android device with near field communication: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations.

 Triage Tool

GOV.UK has an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Triage Tool to find out: 

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

Businesses will need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK. A final batch have now been published.

Chemicals: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Oil and Gas Production: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/oil-and-gas-production-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

EORI NUMBERS IN THE EVENT OF NO DEAL

Businesses will need a UK EORI number to trade goods into and out of the UK in the event of a no deal. The Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number starts with GB but will not be needed to trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-uk-eori-number-to-trade-within-the-eu

UK REACH in the event of a no deal

UK REACH AFTER A NO DEAL EXIT

The UK Government has issued the following guidance in the event of a No Deal exit.

HSE guidance on UK REACH https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/uk-reach-additional-guidance.pdf

The planned IT system for UK REACH https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/uk-reach-it-guidance.pdf

Exporting after EU Exit if there’s no deal – country by country

UK Government has published a series of advice about exporting goods and services from the UK in the event of a no deal.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/exporting-after-eu-exit-country-by-country?utm_source=59e13512-55cc-4fae-8662-36c8ea52f4db&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate