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Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 34: 30 September 2019


Welcome to the latest in a series of business readiness bulletins, aimed at keeping trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries up to date on the latest information and guidance for business on the UK exiting the EU.  This Bulletin aims to provide you and your networks with important information from Government and rally businesses to get ready for Brexit.  

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

Please share this with your members and to find out more and book, visit Brexit Business Readiness Events.

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

Our next forum will be on Thursday 3rd October, further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

We would really like to hear of any particular topics you would find useful for our upcoming forums. Please share your thoughts with us via

British Library Webinars

We are 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. Please make your members and stakeholders aware of this support line.

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 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 for more information. For trade associations, as appropriate, please make your members with large supply chains aware of this initiative.

Recent Announcements


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

Cabinet Office have produced information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy in a no deal Brexit scenario. Update – section on what will change for businesses. Public-sector procurement after a no deal Brexit

NEW – Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have provided guidance which clarifies the expectations on the application of the EU guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices (GVP) in a no deal Brexit. Exceptions and modifications to the EU guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices that will apply in a no deal Brexit.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the IPO have produced guidance about changes to Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and patent law in the event of no deal from the European Union.  Update – Changes to SPC and patent law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement. Changes to SPC and patent law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance about what UK audit firms, UK auditors, and those with UK audit qualifications need to do. Update – Increased visibility of calls to action. Removed information about what EEA auditors and audit firms need to do after Brexit. This information has been moved to a new guide. Auditing for UK auditors and audit firms operating in the EEA after 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


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

Food and Drink

DEFRA have produced guidance on how rules for producing, processing, labelling and trading organic food will change if there’s a no deal Brexit. Update – Explained users might need to contact export control bodies in countries they’re importing from, and if any rules change following a no deal Brexit they will be published in this guide. Trading and labelling organic food after 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 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. Please could you pass on to your members and networks. The sectors covered are:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Sector Primers

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

DCMS have issued new guidance on what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario if you’re a creative business, small arts organisation or sports organisation that currently travels only to the EU, such as:

  • touring professional choir
  • touring chamber orchestra
  • touring string quartet
  • small touring ballet company
  • small touring theatre company
  • school football team
  • amateur sports team
  • pop or rock band

Check what you need to do.

Ministry of Defence (MOD)

The defence sector and preparing for Brexit

There may be changes that affect businesses, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Please see details from the defence sector and preparing for Brexit here.

EU EXIT: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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