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.
- Norwich – 24 July, 1:30-4pm – find out more and register here
- Taunton – 25 July, 3-5pm – find out more and register here
- Boston – 30 July, pm (exact time tbc) – register your interest
- Durham – 30 July, 09:30-11:30am – register your interest
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.’
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.