Preparing for Brexit

The negotiations around Britain’s withdrawal from, and future relationships with, the EU continues to be one of the dominant features of the UK political landscape and businesses are becoming more concerned regarding Brexit.

We are here to help you prepare and to ensure you have the latest information to continue trading internationally with minimal disruption.

Post-Transition Brexit Checklist No Deal Guidance Dashboard Useful Tools Data Protection Certificates of Origin

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Post-Transition Brexit Checklist

This checklist has been created to help you consider the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm, after the transition ends in December 2020. It is here to support business planning at both operational and Board levels.

The UK is due to exit the European Union on January 31 2020. A business-as-usual transition period will follow as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place. If these talks fail to produce an agreement, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still possible in December 2020.

While some companies are planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chambers of Commerce 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 below has been prepared in response to BCC research on business preparation, member queries and the information available from government.

We hope you find it useful as a basis for business planning at both operational and Board level.

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No Deal Guidance Dashboard

The UK is due to exit the European Union by January 31, 2020. A transition period will follow as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place. If these
talks fail to produce an agreement, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still possible in December 2020.

The British Chambers of Commerce has evaluated the quality of official guidance to assess whether it provides sufficiently clear, complete, visible, timely and actionable information which businesses can use to prepare for change.

This is not an assessment of the impact of a no-deal exit, or a judgement on the desirability of the policy change in each case. It is an assessment of whether businesses can act on the basis of the guidance available.

BCC has compiled the 36 questions most frequently raised by companies.

Only 6 are marked green – the top rating for available information based on our quality criteria, 9 are red – indicating no information at all on which to plan, and 21 are amber – indicating that some information is available but there remain gaps and / or other quality issues to address.

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Useful Tools

The UK will leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.

Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. With an implementation period until December 2020, this would give businesses stability, certainty and time to prepare for our new relationship after EU Exit.

However, the government must plan for every possible outcome including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to act before 31 January 2020.

Use this information to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready:

Data Protection Guidance For Brexit

We do not yet know what will happen, but one thing is for certain: The UK will leave the EU. Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change. Data Protection must be taken very seriously, and we want to ensure you are fully prepared.

Here are several links to help:

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Preference and Non-Preference Certificates of Origin

The British Chambers of Commerce and the accredited Chamber Network continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union on 31st January. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation for use by exporters to prove origin.

Should the United Kingdom reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that you currently issue will continue to be used throughout any period of transition (Certificates of Origin, EUR1, ATR).

As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HMRC and the DIT on the revised format of preference and non-preferential certificates of origin. In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide you with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation.

These will be ready and available in time for 31st January 2020 in the event that a withdrawal agreement cannot be reached with the EU. If you hold blank certificates for printing at your business premises then we will contact you in advance of any change to arrange a supply of replacement certificates. The replacement certificates should only be used in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a no-deal scenario.

Our team of International Trade experts are on hand for advice should you require it.

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