The uncertainty surrounding Brexit can be make it extremely difficult for businesses to plan for the future. The Humber Growth Hub has collected a range of resources developed by Government and private sector organisations which can help businesses in the Humber region plan for the various Brexit scenarios they may face.
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Preparing for EU Exit – HM Government information
In a no-deal Brexit, businesses will need to apply the same procedures to EU trade that apply to trading with the rest of the world. You can make it easier to import goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures.
There will be changes to the way you pay or reclaim VAT if the UK leaves EU-wide VAT IT systems with no deal find more details here.
Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI)
If businesses are not VAT registered and need to continue to trade with the EU then they will need to apply for an EORI. This can be done online and only takes around 15 minutes.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Advice for businesses on consumer rights if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
Comply with new data requirements
When the UK leaves, certain data requirements will change for organisations which operate within the EU. Further information on these changes can be found here:
Using personal data and Brexit – A GOV.UK summary of guidance (published 6 February)
ICO Data Protection & Brexit page – the ICO main page for Brexit resources.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Exporters of animals and animal products require an Environmental Health Certificate (EHC).
There is a PDF document which has details of Defra-led international agreements that will not be in place by exit day. International Agreements Information
The food labelling awareness campaign has relaunched to remind businesses to make changes to their product labels to be ready for Brexit. Visit @DefraGovUK on twitter to watch and retweet a video message from our Head of Labelling policy. Guidance about food labelling changes can be found here.
In summary the EU emblem must not be used on goods produced in the UK unless a company has been authorised by the EU to do so.
If you are a domestic producer: It will be inaccurate to label UK food as origin ‘EU’. For the UK market additional information such as signage in shops and online information can help clarify to the consumer the origin of the food.
If you are exporting to the EU: You must include an EU address for the food business operator (FBO) or EU importer on pre-packed food.
Health and ID mark prefixes used to label UK products of animal origin must carry either: the official two-digit ISO Code (‘GB’) or the full country name in capital letters (‘UNITED KINGDOM’). It will be inaccurate to label UK food as origin ‘EU’.
If you are importing from the EU: You must include a UK address for the food business operator (FBO) or UK importer on pre-packed food sold in the UK. The UK government is aiming to give businesses until December 2020 to make this change.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, find out how this would affect the exhaustion of intellectual property rights.
The Department for International Trade (DIT)
The way we trade with the EU and other countries
The UK benefits from trade agreements with other countries through membership of the EU. When we leave the EU some of these agreements won’t apply.
Be ready and prepare your business with these steps:
Check GOV.UK to see if the countries you trade with are affected here (updated 22 August)
See if tariffs will apply to the goods you import into the UK here (updated 20 March)
See if your international customers will have to pay tariffs on the products you are exporting to them here (published 30 April)
The Department for Health and Social Care
Advice for EU Health and Social Care staff: Brexit preparations update
The Department for Transport
Hauliers and commercial drivers will need the correct documentation to travel to, from or through the EU if the UK leaves without a deal. See the guidelines and download the booklet here
French customs guidance
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods. Both imports and exports will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs. Details of the guidance issued by the French authorities can be found here.
Immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after the 31st October (published 5th September)
You may have seen on Wednesday that the Government announced the immigration arrangements that will apply to EU citizens and their family members who are moving to the UK after Brexit on 31 October 2019, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The news story is available here.
Further information can be found in the Policy Paper, which is available on GOV.UK here.
The GOV.UK guidance for employers on right to work checks after Brexit has now been updated to reflect the new Euro Temporary Leave to Remain arrangements here.
Government EU Exit Forums
The government has held a series of forums relating to business readiness for leaving, you can find details of these forums in this PDF file, which also contains a number of useful links to helpful resources.
EU Exit Business Readiness Forum (PDF file)
HM Government Tool available to prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU
You can use this 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
Information from the European Commission
Information about the impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU in the area of customs and taxation and the customs union.Unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, the United Kingdom will become a ‘third country’ as of 30 March 2019, towards the rest of the EU countries.
Details from the Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses have put together Small Business Brexit Pack which gives information to small businesses on how they should prepare for the impact of leaving the EU.One of the purposes of this pack is to clearly set out what smaller businesses should be thinking about in the event of a disorderly no-deal scenario. The decision on when to enact a contingency plan is a matter for each individual business.The FSB believes all smaller businesses should now be acting to mitigate the consequences of a no-deal scenario
Details from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
The ICO have information on how personal data will continue to flow after Brexit between the UK and the EU.In a ‘no deal’ situation the UK Government has already made clear its intention to enable data to flow from the UK to EEA countries without any additional measures. But transfers of personal data from the EEA to the UK will be affected.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Checklist
The BCC has created a checklist has to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit may bring to their businesses, and to help business planning at both operational and Board levels.The BCC believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Brexit ‘health check’, and a broader test of existing business plans. Time spent thinking through the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm could yield real dividends in future. The checklist helps you perform a health check for your business.
Advisor Help for your business
Contact your Humber Growth Hub Business Advisor
If you need help for your business with issues surrounding Brexit then our advisors are here to help. You can arrange to have a free One to One clinic with your local Growth Hub Business Advisor.
The Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce
If you are looking for Brexit support for your Humber business the Hull and Humber Chamber of commerce can also offer help and advice for you.