HM Government – EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 2: 12 February 2019


This is the second in a series of bulletins, aimed at keeping trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries up to date on the latest information and guidance available for business, to help them understand how leaving the EU may affect them and what to do to get ready.  Our objective is to signpost you to tools and resources to help you advise businesses in your networks and/or your members prepare for Exit.


This bulletin will be sent out every Monday following the EU Exit Business Readiness forum which takes place every Thursday.  To make sure we are providing you with the most useful information in the bulletin, we would be grateful for any feedback via a short 2-3 min survey.

Business Readiness Forum

Last Thursday’s Business Readiness Forum covered Importing/ Exporting and New Approach goods and the UK marking. The slides from the event and a summary of the key questions raised with answers are in the attached document. These can be shared with your network of members.

The programme of future forums until end March was also shared – see below for the schedule.

Our next EU Exit Business Readiness Forum;

Thursday 21st February, 10:15am-11:45 am. The focus will be Workforce & People and Intellectual Property. Please register here. The password is People.

Thursday 28th February, 2:15pm-3:45pm. The focus will be EU/UK Funding, Public Procurement and Energy & Climate. Please register here. The password is Funding.

Triage Tool

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 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.

HMRC Partnership Pack

HMRC have updated the partnership pack which is designed to help you support businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal. Key changes

  • New content on Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) in anything relating to business and imports (see also the Letter to Traders in the announcements section below).
  • New content on VAT IT systems/importing (see also the Guidance on VAT IT System in the announcements section below).
  • Tweaks to parcels/VAT content. This isn’t substantive, apart from a new section on Express Couriers which just repurposes content from other sections.

Recent Announcements

Importing & exporting

BEIS issued guidance on importing, exporting and transporting products or goods after Brexit: Importing Exporting and TransportingImporting and Exporting

DIT have published guidance on the Creation of Open General Export Licences (OGEL) allowing trade in ‘dual use items’ (items with both civil and military use) to EU to continue without individual license applications: Notice to Exporters

DHSC issued guidance for businesses supplying medicines and medical devices – what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario: Businesses Supplying Medicines and Medical Devices

HMRC issued guidance on how to register for simplified import procedures if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: Simplified Import Procedures

HMRC announced Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs, should we leave the EU without a deal, by writing to 145,000 VAT registered businesses trading with the EU: HMRC Letter to Traders

HMRC issued guidance on changes to the way you pay or reclaim VAT if the UK leaves EU-wide VAT IT systems: Guidance VAT IT System

HMRC issued guidance for express courier industry and postal services on what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario: Express Courier and Postal Services

HMRC issued guidance for temporary storage operators on what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario: Temporary Storage Operators

HMRC issued guidance for Customs Agents on what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario: Customs Agents

HMRC issued guidance for Customs warehouses on what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario: Customs Warehouses

Regulations & standards

MHRA published their response to the consultation on the regulation of medicines, medical devices and clinical trials if there’s no deal, in the form of an updated guidance document: MHRA ConsultationRegulations and Standards

Workforce & people

DExEU published a paper on No Deal Citizens’ Rights Agreement text as agreed between the UK and the EEA EFTA states: EEA EFTA no deal citizens’ rightsWorkforce and People

Digital & Data

BEIS issued guidance on using personal data after the UK exits the EU: Using Personal Data

Energy & Climate

BEIS issued guidance on changes to areas including energy renewables, the nuclear industry and regulated carbon emissions: Guidance on energy and climate after Brexit

Intellectual Property

IPO issued information on the future of intellectual property laws following the decision that the UK will leave the EU:  IP and Brexit the Facts


DCMS issued guidance on exporting objects of cultural interest if there’s no Brexit deal: Exporting Objects of Cultural Interest

DEFRA published guidance on what food and drink producers with ‘geographical indication’ (GI) protection need to know if the UK leaves the EU with no deal: Protecting Food and Drink Names

DEFRA published guidance on food labelling changes after Brexit: Food Labelling Changes after Brexit

DfT updated guidance, including information on motor insurance, vehicle registrations, number plates and country stickers: Prepare to drive in the EU after EU Exit

DfT has laid a road haulage statutory instrument in Parliament which is designed to ensure UK law operates effectively if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: EU Exit: Road Haulage

MHCLG continues to closely engage with local authorities so that they and their residents are well-prepared for the UK leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. To support this activity, a network of 9 local Authority chief executives from across England has been established: MHCLG Local Information Sharing

You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on Gov.UK: Brexit E-mail Alerts

EU Exit: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy


11 February 2019

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