HM Government EU Exit – sector and policy page links

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin – Links to sector and policy pages

For your information, see below a number of links to sector and policy pages that have been recently published on GOV.UK, which may be of interest to you and your business.

Sector links

The automotive sector and preparing for EU Exit

The aerospace sector and preparing for EU Exit

The construction sector and preparing for EU Exit

The electronics, machinery and parts sector preparing for EU Exit

The chemicals sector and preparing for EU Exit

Policy links

Operating in the EU after Brexit

Public sector procurement after Brexit

Intellectual property after Brexit

Regulations and standards after Brexit

European and domestic funding after Brexit

Using personal data after Brexit

Energy and climate after Brexit

Importing, exporting and transporting products or goods after Brexit

 

 

 

HM Government – EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 2: 12 February 2019

Introduction

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.

Feedback

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

Other

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

E: sed@beis.gov.uk

11 February 2019

EU Exit & Trade Update – February

EU Exit and Trade update from the BEIS Infrastructure and Materials team

In this edition, we cover no-deal immigration arrangements for EEA nationals, simplified import customs procedures, the launch of the UK Mark to replace CE marking, an update on road freight and a reminder on data protection.  As ever, we have included more general links at the bottom of the page and invite your feedback on Government guidance so we can work with colleagues to make it better.  There will be more details from us soon on changes to GOV.UK to make information clearer to businesses in different sectors.

We expect to be able to provide updates on the UK’s negotiations with current EU Free Trade Agreement partners soon and will share information on that as it becomes available.

Please do share intelligence with suppliers and customers of yours and tell us if you know someone who could benefit from receiving these updates.

To note as well that BEIS hosts weekly EU Exit business readiness forum meetings at our 1 Victoria Street office in London, to which you are all welcome.  On 14th February, we are covering digital, data and organisational legal compliance issues.  On 21st February, we are covering workforce and intellectual property issues.  On 28th February, we are covering EU funding, procurement and energy issues.  Meetings will continue weekly into March (subjects tbc).  If you wish to attend, please email sed@beis.gov.uk.

UK’s immigration arrangement for EEA nationals in a no-deal situation

On 28 January, the Home Secretary announced the plans for no-deal post exit migration and movement arrangements, including ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’.  This will apply to people arriving in the UK after 29 March in a no-deal scenario, not to those already here at that date.  For EEA nationals already in the UK at that point, please refer to guidance on the Settlement Scheme.   For proposals for the Immigration System post-2021, please look here.

A summary of the key facts:

  • EEA citizens will be able to enter and leave the UK as they do now to visit, study and work (staying up to 3 months);
  • the initial 3 months’ leave to enter for EEA citizens will be free of charge but applications for European Temporary Leave to Remain will be paid for. Fees will be set out at a later date;
  • EEA citizens arriving in the UK who wish to stay longer than 3 months can apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain- they will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks before being granted permission to stay for three years;
  • non-EEA family members who wish to accompany an EEA citizen under these arrangements will need to apply in advance for a family permit;
  • Irish citizens will not need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain and will continue to have the right to enter and live in the UK under the Common Travel Area;
  • European Temporary Leave to Remain does not give rights forthe EU Settlement Scheme mentioned above.

Guidance is available here and in the accompanying factsheet.

Simplified import customs procedures for no-deal

HMRC have announced that businesses will be able to use simplified customs declarations and postpone payment of duties under a Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) scheme if there is a no-deal Brexit (but there will still be additional information needed for controlled goods).  The measures will apply to most businesses importing from the EU at roll-on-roll-off-ports.  The measures would come into place from 29 March and be reviewed after 3 to 6 months.  Businesses will be given 12 months’ notice if they are to be withdrawn.  These transitional simplified procedures reduce the amount of information you need to give up front in an import declaration when the goods are crossing the border and also by deferring the payment of duty.

There are four key actions for traders:

  1. Register for Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you haven’t done so already at www.gov.uk/hmrc/get-eori.
  2. Check the guidance to see if you qualify and check which ports TSP applies to: www.gov.uk/hmrc/eu-simple-importing
  3. If it will work for you, sign up for TSP online.
  4. If tariffs apply to the goods that you import and you want to use TSP you will need to apply to defer any duties payable (HMRC will provide further details on this very soon) and have a financial guarantee by 30 June 2019 for any duties deferred

If you’re exporting, register for the National Export System at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-declarations-and-the-national-export-system-export-procedures

Non-VAT registered businesses should also go to www.gov.uk/hmrc/trade-with-the-eu for changes that affect them.

HMRC will be giving us further information about the TSP scheme in the coming days and we will make sure we forward that on.

Prepare to use the UK Mark

On 2 February the Government published the design for the UK marking that will need to be affixed to certain products sold in the UK in the event we leave the EU without a deal. This would replace the CE marking. The CE marking is placed on specific products to show that they are compliant with the relevant EU regulatory requirements. In most cases the CE marking can be applied to products tested by the manufacturer. For some products, there is a legal requirement for the product to be assessed by a third-party assessment body (usually a ‘Notified Body’) to confirm they meet relevant the requirements. In a ‘no deal’ scenario, the EU will stop recognising the competency of UK-based Notified Bodies to assess products for the EU market.

Maintaining Access to the UK Market: The Government intends to reclassify UK Notified Bodies as UK Approved Bodies. These bodies will be eligible to assess products against relevant UK requirements and issue the new UK marking to compliant products to be sold on the domestic market. In most cases, manufacturers would not need to use the UK marking immediately in the event of the UK exiting the EU without a deal. Instead, manufacturers will be able, for a period of time, to continue to use the CE marking when placing their products on the UK market if their product meets the relevant EU requirements. This would include products that have had any necessary third-party assessment carried out by an EU-recognised body. The Government would consult businesses before taking a decision on when this period would end. However, for products subject to conformity assessment by a UK Approved Body, manufacturers will be required to affix a ‘UK Mark’ to the product to demonstrate compliance with requirement. To check whether you will need to use the UKCA marking please read the guidance on trading goods regulated under the ‘New Approach’ if there’s no Brexit deal.

Maintaining Access to the EU Market: Products being exported to the EU  that currently require the CE marking will continue to require the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the relevant EU requirements. UK manufacturers placing products on the EU market that require the CE marking will need to get their products assessed and marked by an EU recognised conformity assessment body or could arrange for assessments to be transferred to an EU recognised body before the UK leaves the EU.

Guidance on the use of the UK marking can be found here.

Road freight update

The Government will continue to license UK hauliers to the same high safety, environmental and operating standards as at present, and will require foreign hauliers operating in this country to do the same. Legislation about to be put forward by the Department for Transport will provide for continued access to the UK market for hauliers from the 27 EU member states in a no deal scenario.  Over 80% of haulage between the UK and continental Europe is undertaken by EU hauliers.

On its side, the European Commission has proposed legislation that would allow UK hauliers basic rights to conduct operations to, from and through the EU for a limited period of nine months after exit, if there is no deal.  The Commission’s proposal will need to be agreed by the European Council and European Parliament, and is being considered by both institutions urgently.  This proposal is predicated on the UK granting equivalent access for EU hauliers here and the legislation mentioned above provides for that access.  Depending on the outcome of these discussions, we will review the UK’s offer to EU hauliers.

The Government does not expect and has never intended to rely solely onEuropean Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits for UK hauliers after we leave the EU.

On 25 January, The UK signed an agreement with Switzerland on the international carriage of passengers and goods by road. The agreement will ensure UK hauliers and commercial bus drivers can continue to drive to, from and through, Switzerland after the UK leaves the EU, as they do now. Further information can be found here.

Data protection

In the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal, UK businesses will need to ensure they continue to be compliant with data protection law.  For UK businesses that operate internationally or exchange personal data with partners in other countries there may be changes that need to be made ahead of the UK leaving the EU to ensure minimal risk of disruption.  For those that would be affected, early action is advised as changes may take some time to implement.

How personal data currently moves across the border

  • Personal data is protected by the GDPR. This gives individuals rights over their data: to know who has it, to correct it, to delete it, to move it. Etc.
  • The GDPR says that data can only be moved across borders if equivalent protections exist in the country where the data is going.
  • At present personal data can cross borders as follows:
    • Where it remains in the EU (because all EU countries must apply GDPR)
    • Plus EEA states: Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and other UK territories like Gibraltar.
    • Countries where the EU Commission has determined there are adequate protections: Andorra, Argentina, Canada (commercial organisations), Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Israel, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Switzerland, Uruguay and the United States of America (limited to the Privacy Shield framework) as providing adequate protection.
  • If none of the above apply, such as when we send personal data to India, or Australia, then the data can only be sent where there are “standard contractual clauses” (SCC) or “binding corporate rules” (BCR).
  • SCC and BCR essentially extend the GDPR rights to data moved to a third country jurisdiction.
  • To note: SCC only covers certain data transfer relationships and BCR only cover data transfer within a single company.

What do businesses need to do?

They need to understand their data flows.  Do they have affected cross-border personal data flows?  Have they put in place Standard Contractual Clauses or Binding Corporate Rules?

The government published advice for business in September 2018:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-protection-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

The ICO (information Commissioner’s Office) provides some useful information:

ICO advice – good starter document with some links to more info

ICO Leaving the EU Six Steps – A breakdown of steps to take to prepare for EU exit

ICO tool for working out if SCC will work for you

Business Readiness Tool

Prepare your business for EU Exit: https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/

Businesses and UK citizens should ensure they are prepared for EU Exit and visit gov.uk/euexit for guidance.

HMRC Partnership Pack (v4)

HMRC published the latest version of the Partnership Pack on 6 February 2019, including the new content on theTransitional Simplified Procedures (TSP): the latest version of the Partnership Pack is availablehere.

Roundup of recently published guidance on Gov.uk

Construction Products Regulation if there is a No Deal

The CMA’s state aid role if there’s no Brexit deal

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

Customs, VAT and Excise regulations: leaving the EU with no deal

Trading timber: imports and exports if there’s no Brexit deal

If you have any questions in relation to EU Exit, if you would appreciate talking to myself or a member of the team contact Ryan.Diggory@beis.gov.uk

UK REACH IT Testing Invitation

UK REACH IT testing – Invitation to participate 

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals from the EU will have to register those chemicals to a new UK regulatory system, UK REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) using its associated UK REACH IT system.

We have previously communicated with you about the development and testing of the UK REACH IT system as part the Government’s no deal preparations. We are now planning to undertake end-to-end testing of this system and its support services for Industry Users (from account creation to completion) to ensure the system facilitates and supports ease of use. There will be a focus on critical functionality. We would like to invite you to participate in our Model Office to undertake this testing and provide feedback.

The Model Office will be hosted at Alpha Tower, Birmingham, B1 1TT. We ask that you attend for one day of testing (09:30 arrival for a 10:00 start with wrap-up to complete by 16:00). Although we cannot provide remuneration for travel or subsistence, we will be providing refreshments and lunch on the day. The testing can only be conducted at the Model Office site as this will enable the concurrent testing of all processes from a system user and administrator perspective.
So the testing is as realistic as possible, we ask participants to bring:

  • Your own laptops for access to your company email and a web browser (secure internet access is available by Wi-Fi)
  • Copies of your REACH information. Any REACH dossiers for the Model Office are required in IUCLID v6.3, please inform us if your dossiers are in an older version of IUCLID as we can provide support in converting these to a more recent version.

The testing will be run on the dates below, please choose a date that is most suitable and respond to the email address below:

Monday 25th February

Tuesday 26th February

Wednesday 27th February

If you have any further queries please contact REACH-IT@defra.gov.uk.

HMRC latest guidance to businesses about the UK leaving the EU

HMRC letter provides the latest guidance to businesses about the UK leaving the EU

The HMRC has published a letter to UK businesses that trade only with the EU, with details of important actions they need to take and changes to be aware of in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It is HMRC’s third letter to businesses on preparing for the UK leaving the EU.

The letter asks businesses to take a number of actions to prepare for no deal. These include:

registering for a EORI number at Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
deciding if they want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for them or if they want to make declarations themselves using relevant software
registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which is a new process to make importing easier than it otherwise would be for the initial period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal – registration opens from 7 February on GOV.UK.

There are also important updates on the way businesses trading with the EU pay import VAT and use EU VAT IT systems if we leave with no deal.

You can read the full letter at: Letters on ‘no deal’ Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU.

These changes do not apply to trade across the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. HMRC will set out information about the arrangements for trading with Ireland shortly.

New guidance

HMRC has also published new guides on GOV.UK on:

Customs procedures
Moving goods to and from the UK
VAT IT systems rules and processes

The guides provide further information explaining what these changes mean for UK businesses that trade with the EU.

You can find the guides at: Trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

New ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool

HMRC has also published a ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool to help UK businesses find out:

what they need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
what’s changing in their industry
information on specific rules and regulations.

All businesses need to do is answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to them and their sector.

You can access the tool at: Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU.

 

Government encourages range of industries to prepare for chemical use in the event of a no-deal EU exit

The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals from the EU will have to register those chemicals to a new UK regulatory system. UK REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) will replace EU REACH and will require businesses to demonstrate how a chemical can be safely used with minimal risk to human health or the environment.

The chemicals sector is the UK’s second biggest manufacturing industry and UK businesses currently hold over 12,000 registrations with REACH. A ‘no deal’ would mean that a range of other key sectors would also be required to register any imported chemicals they use on UK REACH. This would include the motor manufacturing, cosmetics, construction and cleaning products industries.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

“It is not just chemicals producers that could be affected by this change so I encourage all businesses that use chemicals to read the guidance on the HSE website and check whether they need to take action.”

Under the new requirements, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

  • UK businesses that manufacture a chemical (those currently registered to EU REACH) will need to validate their existing registration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within 60 days of the UK leaving the EU.
  • UK businesses that import a chemical substance from the EU will need to setup a new registration with HSE within 180 days of UK leaving the EU.
  • UK businesses that export chemicals to the EU will need to have an EU REACH registration in place once the UK leaves the EU.

In addition, more technical information will need to be submitted by businesses to HSE within two years of EU Exit. The requirements are part of the Government’s commitment to maintain environmental standards after we leave the EU.

In order to register on UK REACH in a no deal scenario, businesses need to take the following action:

  • Identify the chemical and quantity that they use;
  • Understand how to register that chemical by reading the EU Exit guidance; and
  • Prepare the information for that registration.
  • Businesses that may be affected should read the latest guidance on requirements for using chemicals after the UK leaves the EU on HSE.GOV.UK/EuExitReach

EU Exit & Trade Update – January

Please find below the second EU Exit and Trade email update. We’ve covered Driving in the EU after 29 March,  Construction Products Regulation, REACH, Horizon 2020, Making Tax Digital HMRC pilot (a non EU Exit item) and Trade Agreement Continuity. If you have any questions on the below or anything else please do get in touch.

Regulatory changes for businesses who manufacture or import construction products in a ‘no deal’ scenario – The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is EU regulation that is directly applicable in the UK. It removes technical barriers to trade by laying down harmonised rules for placing a construction product on the single market. Where a ‘harmonised standard’ exists for a product, mandatory rules apply including submitting a declaration of performance and affix the ‘CE’ mark on the product.

Changes required

  • The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will preserve the CPR, as it stands at the point the UK leaves the EU, in UK law. However, because it is an EU regulation, several aspects of the CPR won’t work once the UK is no longer an EU Member State. In preparation for a ‘no-deal’ scenario, on 18th December 2018 the government laid legislation for this contingency. Once approved by Parliament, it will come into force on 29th March in the event of a no deal scenario.
  • The UK Government published guidance on the arrangements and implications that would apply in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario on the 24 January.
  • The European Commission has published a Notice to stakeholders on the implications for UK manufacturers placing goods on the EU market after exit day.

What does this mean for businesses?

  • Immediately following a ‘no deal’ exit, existing European harmonised standards will become ‘designated standards’ in the UK. This will mean that immediately after exit UK and European standards will be the same. Notified bodies based in the UK will be granted new UK ‘approved body’ status and will be able to assess products for the UK market against UK essential requirements. A UK marking will be published to enable manufacturers to affix a ‘UK mark’ to demonstrate that products comply with the relevant UK requirements.

Key headlines include:

To maintain access to the UK market:

  • For products subject to conformity assessment by a UK approved body, manufacturers will be required to affix a ‘UK Mark’ to the product to demonstrate compliance with requirement.
  • Where CE marking is affixed without the need for third-party involvement, manufacturers have the choice to use either use to continue CE Marking (for a time limited period) or to affix a new ‘UK Mark’ (or both).
  • Where products are subject toconformity assessment by an EU27 Notified Body and bear CE Marking, these can continue to be placed on the UK market for a time-limited period.
  • Distributors who bring products in from the EU to the UK will in most cases now be classified as ‘importers’ bringing in products to the UK from a third country. This change in status will bring new obligations such as a requirement for importers to label their products with their name and address.

To maintain access to the EEA market:

  • Products which were previously assessed by a UK-based notified body will need to be reassessed by an EU-recognised conformity assessment body before placing on the EU market. Alternatively, manufacturers can seek to arrange for their files to be transferred to an EU-recognised notified body pre-exit to allow certificates of conformity to continue to be valid.
  • Where manufacturers use the CE marking without the need for the involvement of a notified body this can still be used when exporting goods to the EU.

Driving in the EU after 29 March – Currently, road hauliers can travel anywhere in the EU with a Community Licence.  If the UK leaves without a deal, UK-issued Community Licences will no longer be valid in the EU, meaning that EU authorities could prevent UK lorries from travelling.  The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Regulation to allow UK operators to temporarily (for nine months from 29 March) carry goods into the EU, provided the UK confers equivalent rights to EU road haulage operators and subject to fair competition conditions.  Member States are yet to decide upon this recommendation but the UK Government is following this closely.

Should UK-issued Community Licences not be recognised in such a way, the UK would instead have to rely on an older treaty that gives it European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits for travel.  Following an application process which closed on 18 January, hauliers will soon find out how many permits they have received.  If you have concerns about the availability of road freight for your products, please contact your freight provider to find out how your business could be impacted and also to discuss which routes your imports and exports take and any changes they anticipate to delivery times.  If you have applied for an ECMT permit or otherwise want more information about the process, you can find out what happens next here: ECMT international road haulage permits: Next Steps.

The latest general guidance on driving in the EU after EU Exit is available here: Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit.

 

REACH update – we emailed a fortnight ago about steps businesses need to take in relation to REACH. In a no-deal scenario, the UK and the EU regulatory agencies would operate independently from each other. If companies are supplying and purchasing substances, mixtures or articles to and from the EU/EEA and the UK, they will need to ensure that the substances, or substances within a mixture/article, are registered with both agencies (ECHA and the UK Agency, i.e. the HSE) separately in order to maintain or gain access to both markets. Further information can be found here.

Trade Agreement Continuity – DIT published a technical notice in October 2018 (updated 19 December 2018) informing businesses that they were leading a programme to replicate existing EU trade deals as UK bilateral deals. Work is ongoing to try and transition over these FTAs at the point we leave the EU. Given recent media reports it would be helpful to understand key exports markets for sectors and individual companies. Please let us know which markets you already trade with and any plans you have to open trade with new markets.

Horizon 2020 funding – The UK and the EU’s intention is that UK researchers and businesses will continue to be eligible to participate in Horizon 2020 for the remaining duration of the programme.  UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is asking recipients of Horizon 2020 grants to input basic information about their awards into a bespoke portal. This will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 payments.  If you receive grants, please enter your details into the portal.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) pilot: update from HMRC – Making Tax Digital (MTD) becomes mandatory for all VAT-registered businesses from April 2019.  HMRC recently published the following update, which indicates that the pilot, which started with a small number of businesses, is now open to all mandated businesses

The Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT pilot to partnerships and Flat Rate Scheme users, is now open to all customers who will be mandated to use the MTD service from April. HMRC want as many eligible businesses as possible to join the pilot ahead of the mandating of the service in April (although for the majority who file quarterly, their first return won’t be due until 7 August 2019 at the earliest). Increased pilot participation will allow more businesses to get used to the service before they are mandated to use it as well as giving us assurance that the service works for a range of different customer types. It will also give us the confidence that customer’s experience of the MTD service, and the support we put in place around it, matches expectations. Further details can be found in the updated guidance for businesses, updated guidance for agents and the stakeholder partner packs on GOV.UK.

 If you have any questions in relation to EU Exit, please email dominic.king@beis.gov.uk if you would appreciate talking to a member of the team

Businesses and citizens should ensure they are prepared for EU Exit and visit gov.uk/euexit for guidance.

ASI Newsletter – January 2019

In the January edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • Aluminium story webinar
  • New ASI Director of Impacts and Partnerships
  • ASI Certifications update
  • New ASI Membership news: Carcano, IPS Industrial Packaing Solution, Granges
  • Upcoming ASI events: ASI AGM week 2019, ASI in person training

Read the January Newsletter

HM Government – helping businesses prepare for a future outside the EU

The government is helping businesses across the UK prepare for a future outside the European Union. You will find information relevant to your business at GOV.UK/EUEXITBUSINESS which will help you identify any actions you need to take.

Go to http://bit.ly/2VxAHat

 

You may also find HMRC’s Partnership Pack useful.

Materials Processing Institute CEO to become Chair of leading UK industry body

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, has been named Chair of the UK Metals Council (UKMC). He will formally take over the position in March 2019, after being voted in as Chair at the latest UKMC Board Meeting, in November.

The UK Metals Council works across Whitehall to inform and influence Ministers, Government, Departments and their agencies about the value and needs of the UK metals sector. The Council is made up of senior figures from the metals industry representing the full spectrum of the supply chain, from primary manufacturing to recycling.

It hopes that by 2030 a modern and progressive UK metals industry will be delivering high-quality, innovative and competitively priced products as principal supplier to the UK’s main manufacturers and infrastructure projects, as well as a leading global exporter.

The Institute supports organisations that work in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy, which includes the upscaling and commercialisation of innovation.

Chris McDonald said: “The UKMC is a respected industry body that has ambitious plans for the future of the sector, and I am delighted to have been elected by my peers to this position. There is plenty of work that can be done to give the metals sector a voice within government, which should be viewed as a priority to Westminster.

“Organisations involved in and that have an interest within the sector need as much support as possible. These are the businesses driving forward innovation and productivity gains, while also supporting skilled jobs that this country requires. I am excited by the challenges ahead and I hope to draw upon my experiences and industry knowledge to serve the UKMC and the wider sector well.”

Simon MacVicker, outgoing Chair, UK Metals Council, said: “Chris has led our innovation work during the formative years of Metals Council, during which time we have gained greatly from his understanding of innovation and how it can be applied in industry, the productivity challenge, and his special understanding of how small businesses work. I am very excited that Chris has agreed to be elected as the next Chair of Metals Council, we will be in excellent hands.

Pam Murrell CEO of the Cast Metals Federation and Chair of the Metals Forum, added: “Metals are fundamental to the other industry sectors and are integral to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain at a time of significant change to many of these sectors. Metals also have an important part to play in the circular economy and the clean growth strategy, along with other materials. As Trade Associations working together through the UK Metals Forum, we are keen to continue to support the work of the Metals Council, and provide a conduit to the many SMEs that make up the sector. Chris’ knowledge of the sector combined with his understanding of the particular challenges facing smaller businesses will be a huge asset to us.”

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