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.

Business Brexit Checklist No Deal Guidance Dashboard FAQ’s Useful Tools Data Protection Guidance

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Business Readiness

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and its partners; Business Lincolnshire and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have secured funding from government to help and support businesses in Lincolnshire with their preparation plans for Brexit.

The support includes; 1-2-1 support and expert advice and Brexit focused events on; people, taxation, documentation, customs and trading standards.

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Business Brexit Checklist

The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector

While some companies are already 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. While the final settlement between the UK and the European Union is still to be negotiated, there are steps that businesses of all sizes can take now to start planning ahead.

The checklist below has been prepared in response BCC survey findings, which suggest that a significant number of firms are either watching and waiting – or taking no action at all. We hope you find it useful as a basis for business planning at both operational and Board level.


No Deal Guidance Dashboard

The UK Government has advised firms to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ exit from the European Union. In order to plan for that unwelcome possibility, firms of all sizes and sectors need to understand exactly what conditions they will face and how to prepare their operations to be ready for day one of the UK’s departure. 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.

With just weeks to go until the October 31st deadline, BCC has compiled the 36 questions most frequently raised by companies.

Only 5 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 22 are amber – indicating that some information is available but there remain gaps and / or other quality issues to address.


Brexit FAQ’s

On 14 November 2018 the UK and European Commission jointly published an updated version of the draft Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and outline Political Declaration (PD). These documents represent the agreements reached by the UK’s and EU’s negotiating teams.

Following the publication of the Withdrawal Agreement, the BCC has put together a FAQ on the agreement and the likely next steps in the process.

Our priority is to assess the implications of these proposals, working closely with Chamber business communities across the UK.


Useful Tools

The UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019. 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 October 2019.

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 October. 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 October 31st 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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