EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

8 August Forum – Bulletin

Brexit Business Readiness Forum Q&A
8 August 2019

What will happen with VAT deferment at point of entry on EU imports? Currently no VAT due, but I have seen conflicting reports as to what will happen?
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government will introduce postponed accounting for import VAT on goods brought into the UK, from both EU and non-EU countries. This means that UK VAT registered businesses importing goods to the UK will be able to simultaneously declare and reclaim import VAT on their VAT returns, rather than paying import VAT on or soon after the time that the goods arrive at the UK border.

Please don’t tell new importers that Duty deferment is effectively a direct debit as businesses are getting confused and not applying for Deferment Numbers thinking they can just pay by DD?
A duty deferment account allows you to pay your customs duties, import VAT and excise duties monthly by direct debit, rather than having to pay immediately each time you clear your goods through customs.
If you have customs duties, excise duties or import VAT to pay, you’ll need to have a duty deferment account to import goods using either:

• transitional simplified procedures
• customs freight simplified procedures

You do not need a deferment account for your import VAT if you’re accounting for it on your VAT Return.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/customs-procedures-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal#dut-der

Which forms should be completed to apply for a duty deferment account without a CCG.
Information on applying for a duty deferment account is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-to-defer-payment-of-customs-duties-import-vat-and-excise-duties

Please explain how a shipment that arrives in Calais but destined to Rotterdam. Will that require transit?
Currently, goods that arrive in the EU from outside the EU can either be declared to free circulation in the EU member state of arrival and then travel in free circulation to the final EU member state of destination, or can be declared to a transit procedure on arrival in the first EU member state and travel under the transit procedure to the final EU member state of destination, where the transit procedure is discharged and the goods declared to another customs procedure as appropriate. In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal it is expected that EU customs requirements and procedures in (what would then be) the remaining 27 EU member states in respect of imports from outside the EU27 would remain as they are now, but you are advised to check this with the appropriate tax/customs authorities in the EU.

Will TSP cause issues for the collection of trade data for imports?
In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal Intrastat will continue to be used to collect data on trade in goods between the EU and the UK.

Are grants for software and customs training being made available again?
The application period for Customs training and IT grants closed on 31/05/2019, and you can no longer apply for these grants. HMRC will continue to review the impact of these grants and its wider support and guidance offer for traders to help them adapt to future customs requirements.

Do you have any recommendations for customs software?
HMRC does not make recommendations in respect of third-party software providers.

Does the EU EORI have to come from the first country of export?
Businesses can obtain an EU EORI from any EU member state. For businesses that are established within the EU, they should request an EORI number from the member state in which they are established.
Those businesses not established in the EU should request an EORI number with the customs authority of the EU member state where they make their first declaration.
Normally, businesses should not hold more than one EORI at a time, as an EU EORI issued by any member state is currently valid across the entire union. However, to help businesses prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU, businesses are able to apply for a UK EORI in addition to their existing EU EORI.

What checks will be done on the driver of goods coming into the UK and will these be done before boarding, on board, on disembarkation?
HMRC will prioritise flow at the border while maintaining security, and will continue to apply an automated, risk based approach to customs checks. This means any increase in the number of checks will be kept to a minimum.
HMRC’s approach to compliance in the event of a no-deal scenario will focus on supporting businesses in meeting their obligations at the border. Any financial penalties applied will be reserved for those who are able to comply but who deliberately choose not to.
This would not change HMRC’s commitment to promoting compliance and tackling avoidance and evasion to support a level and competitive playing field for law abiding UK businesses.

Easement of CCG requirement for Deferment etc.
1. How does this work with companies who already have a CCG in place? Will they be given 100% discount?
2. If I applied today (not D1) would I need a guarantee?

HMRC previously announced it will give importing businesses a period of grace to get a guarantee in place to cover any additional duties that they need to defer. HMRC’s current approach is to deliver the no deal customs, VAT and excise arrangements for 31 October that were in place for 12 April. This means that our expectation is that the previously announced easements will be available to traders should the UK leave the EU without a deal in October for at least as long as previously announced.
After this, a duty deferment account will need to be backed by a guarantee but this will not need to be a CCG. Traders could instead go to their bank to guarantee their duty deferment account without the need for a CCG. HMRC previously announced it will provide 12 months’ notice if the CCG requirement is to be reintroduced.

3. How does CHIEF correlate between TSP and guarantee status?
Guarantee status can be checked by reference to the declarant’s Deferment Account Number entered on the declaration/CHIEF.

4. Also the other procedures – does the same apply?
For at least 12 months after exit, there will be suspension of the mandatory requirement for businesses to provide a guarantee in order to be authorised to declare goods for:
• inward processing procedure;
• outward processing procedure;
• temporary admission procedure;
• authorised use procedure;
• temporary storage; or
• to operate a customs warehouse.

This relates to member in NI and Ireland. When they pick customers work up for processing but that work might go across the Irish border 3/4 times in the course of a day
• We cannot provide specific advice – they may want to speak to an agent
• Inwards and outwards processing may be a good place to start
• A customs agent would be able to provide more specific answers

Easements – and in particular using TSP and is it still, the case that users using TSP will be able to defer submitting supplementary declarations
That is the case for standard goods but we will confirm in regards to controlled goods. HMRC’s current approach is to deliver the no deal customs, VAT and excise arrangements for 31 October that
were in place for 12 April. This means that our expectation is that the previously announced easements will be available to traders should the UK leave the EU without a deal in October for at least as long as previously announced.

Critical materials – a letter from the BEIS Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Advisor & Director General from BEIS has contacted ALFED CEO Tom Jones to seek information regarding level of preparedness ALFED & our members may have in place to mitigate disruptions to, or price fluctuations in, the global trade in rare earth materials and products. Be sure to contact Tom with your thoughts or leave us a reply at the bottom of this post.

Dear Tom,

Rare Earth Materials and Products

Rare earth elements are materials of increasing importance in the production of high-performance magnets, materials, semi-conductors and catalysts. Over recent decades China has been the dominant source of the minerals from which they are extracted, but more recently also a mass manufacturer of the magnets, alloys and components based on such materials. Recently China has signalled that it may restrict trade in its rare earth materials and products. Many UK manufacturers rely on a range of these materials to create products such as jet engines, catalytic converters, semiconductors and high-grade alloys. It is unclear whether China will act on their threat but there is precedence from 2010 when they imposed rare earth export quotas on Japan.

Disruption in global supply would have an indirect effect on the UK but there is a risk of commodity price volatility and of disruption to supply-chains to the detriment of the UK’s manufacturing and research sectors, as well as our ambitions to transition to a low carbon economy. The impact on the UK is difficult to predict but it could slow the transition to electric vehicles and the decarbonisation of the energy supply with renewable energy. The EU imports 100% of its rare earth elements, 40% of which come from China and less than 1% are recycled. The UK has historically taken the view that market forces will ensure a secure supply of materials and there should be a limited role for the UK Government in managing risks, as many are the responsibility of businesses.

I am writing out to a collection of companies and organisations, such as yours, to seek information regarding level of preparedness your company may have in place to mitigate disruptions to, or price fluctuations in, the global trade in rare earth materials and products. We wish to develop a more informed picture of the UK exposure to this potential global trade risk.

Therefore, we are particularly interested to know:-

  1. To what extent your business depends upon a ready supply of rare earth materials, other materials incorporating them, components (such as magnets) based upon them, or devices exploiting them (such as permanent magnet motors);
  2. Whether you already have multiple sourcing options, which do not depend upon a single source supplier such as China;
  3. Whether you have considered, and have contingency plans to handle any future supply restrictions or interruptions;
  4. Any other considerations of importance not mentioned above.

The Government will use the information gathered in this consultation to understand whether there is more we could do to engage with or support UK businesses in this area.

Regards,

Professor John Loughhead CB OBE FREng FTSE

Chief Scientific Adviser, BEIS

UK Steel presses govt to secure tariff-free access to EU markets

Author Dianna Kinch

Editor James Burgess

Commodity Metals

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trade association warns over no-deal Brexit
  • Export costs could rise 5%, excluding tariffs: UK Steel
  • Seeks competitive electricity prices

London — UK Steel, the trade association for UK steelmakers and manufacturers, is urging the British government to secure tariff-free access to EU markets and more competitive electricity prices in the run-up to the UK’s exit from the EU.

This framework is necessary to ensure future investment by the steel industry and, potentially, the sector’s survival, the association warned.

The UK steel industry will no longer be protected by the EU steel imports safeguards system in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This could significantly raise costs and impede UK steelmakers’ ability to export to their natural market in the EU, unless tariff-free access is gained, UK Steel said in a paper sent to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Andrea Leadsom.

“Outside the EU, the UK would be subjected to the EU’s safeguard measures which apply 25% tariffs to all steel imports above specified quota levels,” UK Steel said in the paper.

It noted the cost of paying these tariffs once quotas are filled, which has occurred rapidly, would probably need to be borne by UK steelmakers.

“The UK government must therefore reach an agreement with the EU Commission to ensure tariff-free quotas in the event of a no-deal Brexit,” it said. “In the longer term it must be a negotiating objective during the transition period to ensure the UK and EU have the ability to exempt each other from safeguarding measures on the grounds of close economic integration, as is currently the case for Norway and Iceland.”

The EU introduced import safeguard quotas last year to ward off trade flow deviation, in response to the US’ introduction in March 2018 of Section 232 import tariffs of around 25% on most steel imports. Steel imports into the EU still rose to nearly 30 million mt last year, accounting for nearly a quarter of total consumption in some quarters.

INCREASED COSTS

UK steel exports to the EU have recently run at 2.6 million mt/year, around a third of its total production. UK Steel estimates thatregardless of what tariffs system might be adopted, the extra checks and administration of exporting to the EU after Brexit would increase costs by 4%-5% — an estimated GBP70 million ($84.91 million) cost to the industry each year.

The UK government must also take decisive action to align UK industrial electricity prices with those of the UK’s key competitors in France and Germany, UK Steel said in the paper, listing this as the second of six key demands it is making of government. It also requests changes or cooperation in the areas of business rates, public procurement policies, carbon costs and R&D.

“The UK’s electricity prices for large industrial energy users are higher than in any EU country,” the paper said. “In 2018/19 UK steel producers paid 51% more than German producers and 110% more than French producers, even after the compensation and exemption schemesalready provided by the Government. This amounts to a GBP55 million/year additional expense for the UK steel sector.”

Related story: No-deal Brexit could cut UK’s CO₂ revenues by GBP555 million/year

ALUMINUM TRADE LINKS

The UK Aluminium Federation, ALFED, whose members have significant trading links with Europe too — including for processing steps in the aluminum production chain — also spoke out strongly this week over the dangers to the metals industry of a no-deal Brexit. European businesses are calling for this scenario to be averted immediately to avoid major disruption of supply chains across all industries and to protect jobs, it said.

“A no-deal Brexit will have disastrous consequences for businesses and citizens on both sides of the Channel,” Alfed CEO Tom Jones said in a statement. “EU and UK companies have benefited from over 40 years of economic integration and 25 years of the single market. As a result, value chains have become so closely intertwined that a no-deal Brexit will lead to chaos.

“Delays at customs and disrupted supply of all goods … will affect communities and incur significant costs for businesses and governments alike,” he said. “In many areas, businesses do not yet know the trading conditions they will be operating in and smaller companies are already experiencing cash flow problems in the face of this uncertainty.”

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EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 25: 30 July 2019

Introduction

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.  The objective of this Bulletin is to signpost you to tools and resources to help you and your members prepare for the UK’s Exit from the EU.

EU Exit Business Readiness Forum

The next Forum will take place at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Thursday 8 August, with remote participation available via WebEx. Invites with further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

We would really like to hear from you if there is anything in particular that you would find useful for our upcoming forum, please share your thoughts with us via sed@beis.gov.uk

Recent Announcements

Workforce and People

NEW – Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided the rules for international driving permits in EU countries are changing. Check which type of IDP you need to drive legally why you visit Europe. Driving in the EU after Brexit: international driving permits

NEW – Department for Transport and Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided the rules for exchanging UK driving licenses will change when the UK leaves the EU. Check what you need to do to drive legally when you live in an EU country. Driving in the EU after Brexit: driving licence exchange

The Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency has published legislation, which in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no agreement, will cover the regulation of medicines, medical devices and clinical trials. Update – there have been updates to the Human Medicines and Medical Devices (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, following it being laid in Parliament on 24 July 2019.

Importing and Exporting

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have information on the ‘Written Confirmation’ process, for active substances manufactured in the United Kingdom that will be adopted in a no deal Brexit. Update – written confirmations for UK Active Substance Manufacturers. Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal Brexit

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office has published guidance on exhaustion of intellectual property rights if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights

Other

You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on GOV.UK. Please encourage your members and networks to do so as well: Brexit E-mail Alerts 

Business Support

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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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

EU EXIT: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 24: 23 July 2019

Introduction

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.  The objective of this Bulletin is to signpost you to tools and resources to help you and your members prepare for the UK’s Exit from the EU.

EU Exit Business Readiness Forum

The next Forum will take place at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Thursday 8 August, with remote participation available via WebEx. Invites with further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

We would really like to hear from you if there is anything in particular that you would find useful for our upcoming forum, please share your thoughts with us via sed@beis.gov.uk

SME Business Growth and Support Workshops – Boston, Durham, Norwich and Taunton

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is holding a series of workshops for SMEs on issues related to business growth and success. The events will allow businesses to set out their priorities on a range of businesses issues, including Brexit. Officials from across government will also be sharing information on operational areas that are expected to change when the UK leaves the EU and the preparations businesses need to make on areas including importing, exporting and transporting and employing EU citizens.

Recent Announcements

Workforce and People

Department for Education have provided advice for higher education institutions in England on how to prepare for Brexit. Update – Informing students and staff from the EU about the EU Settlement Scheme: Brexit: preparations for higher education institutions

Department for Education has provided advice for further education institutions and apprenticeship providers in England on how to prepare for Brexit. Update – Informing students and staff from the EU about the EU Settlement Scheme Brexit: preparations for further education and apprenticeship providers

UK Visas and Immigration update on how EU citizens provide evidence that they have been living in the UK if the government cannot confirm this through an automated check of UK tax and some benefits records. Update – added link to the application start page: EU Settlement Scheme: evidence of UK residence

Importing and Exporting

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have provided details on how to notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) if businesses plan to import animals, germplasm and animal products from the EU. Update – IV66 import notification form (Welsh and English) updated: EU import of animals and animal products: notify authorities

Department for International Trade have updated the list of the trade and mutual recognition agreements the UK has signed with non-EU countries. Update – added Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) to the list of signed trade agreements: Signed UK trade agreements transitioned from the EU

Department for Exiting the European Union have provided an update for the steps the UK is taking to deliver continuity across a number of international agreements that we currently participate in as a member of the EU if the UK leaves without a deal: Update International Agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Other

NEW – Foreign and Commonwealth Office publish a report which gives a detailed overview of the UK’s Strategic Export Controls work in January to December 2018. The report contains a section on UK and EU policy developments including Brexit: UK Strategic Export Controls annual report 2018

You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on GOV.UK. Please encourage your members and networks to do so as well: Brexit E-mail Alerts 

 

Business Support

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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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

EU EXIT: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

ASI Newsletter – July 2019

In the July edition of the ASI Newsletter

Gränges has achieved Certification to the ASI Performance Standard for its Shanghai production facility, demonstrating its commitment to environmental, social and governance performance. The company’s Shanghai operations outputs include aluminium strips and plates used for the auto industry.  

 Read the July ASI Newsletter

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 22: 9 July 2019

EU Exit Business Readiness Forum

The next Forum will take place at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Thursday 8 August, with remote participation available via WebEx. Invites with further details will be sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover in due course.

SME Business Growth and Support Workshops – Boston, Durham, Norwich and Taunton

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is holding a series of workshops for SMEs on issues related to business growth and success. The events will allow businesses to set out their priorities on a range of businesses issues, including Brexit. Officials from across government will also be sharing information on operational areas that are expected to change when the UK leaves the EU and the preparations businesses need to make on areas including importing, exporting & transporting and employing EU citizens.

Recent Announcements

Workforce and People

Home Office have provided guidance for caseworkers considering applications under the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – included a link to the National Archives website for previous versions of this guidance, including those used for the testing phases of the EU Settlement Scheme:  EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance

Home Office have provided information for EU citizens and their families applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – assisted digital locations and assisted digital home visits have been updated: EU Settlement Scheme: Assisted Digital service

Home Office have provided information for the community leader toolkit that equips local authorities and community groups with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – updated local authority introduction and added factsheet 3: EU Settlement Scheme: community leader toolkit

Regulations and Standards

NEW - A written Ministerial statement has been made to allow members of the public to view all EU legislation relevant to the UK exiting the EU: The government and The National Archives prepare for EU exit

Other

You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on GOV.UK. Please encourage your members and networks to do so as well: Brexit E-mail Alerts

Business Support

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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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.

EU Exit: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

E: sed@beis.gov.uk

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 21: 1 July

Introduction

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.  The objective of this Bulletin is to signpost you to tools and resources to help you and your members prepare for the UK’s Exit from the EU.

EU Exit Business Readiness Forum

The next Forum will take place at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Thursday 8 August, with remote participation available via WebEx. Invites with further details will be sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover in due course.

We would really like to hear from you if there is anything in particular that you would find useful for our upcoming forum, please share your thoughts with us via sed@beis.gov.uk.

Recent Announcements

Workforce and People

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs state if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect fisheries business. Update – to employing seasonal workers, and access to waters: The fisheries sector and preparing for EU Exit

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs state if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect private, official or abattoir veterinarians. Update – to the ‘Your employees’ section: The veterinary sector and preparing for EU Exit

Home Office have provided information for EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – added a hyperlink to the ‘View and prove your rights in the UK’ checking service page: EU Settlement Scheme: view and prove your rights in the UK

Regulations and Standards

NEW – Department of Health and Social Care have published a letter to suppliers giving an update on ensuring a continued supply of medicines and medical products if the UK leaves the EU with no deal: Medicines and medical products: continuity of supply update

Importing and Exporting

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs state that if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, there will be changes that affect food and drink business. Update – to guidance on trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland, trade, tariffs and employment: The food and drink sector and preparing for EU Exit

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs state that if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, there may be changes that affect arable, livestock or horticulture farming business. Update – added content on trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland, updated trade, tariff and employment sections: The farming sector and preparing for EU Exit

NEW – Department of Health and Social Care have announced plans to launch procurement exercises to secure freight capacity if the UK leaves the EU with no deal: Medicines and medical products supply: government updates no-deal Brexit plans

Department of Health and Social Care have provided guidance for marketing authorisation holders in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Update – information about a response template being sent to marketing authorisation holders in July 2019: Medicines Supply Contingency Planning Programme

Department of Health and Social Care have provided guidance if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, people should be reassured and have confidence in the government’s plans for continuity of medicines supply. Update – ‘batch testing and clinical trials’ section to include content published previously on the guidance page ‘Batch testing medicines if there’s no Brexit deal’ about human medicines imported to the UK, and human medicines manufactured in a country on the MHRA’s Qualified Person list. Also added information on the continuation of these arrangements: Businesses supplying medicines and medical devices – what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario

Department of Health and Social Care have provided guidance for industry and organisations involved in health and care about contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Update – added a letter to suppliers of medicines and medical products giving an update on ensuring a continued supply of medicines and medical products if the UK leaves the EU with no deal: Planning for a possible no-deal EU Exit: information for the health and care sector

Other

NEW – Department for Exiting the European Union have formed a Business and Trade Union Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group. The group will ensure work on alternative arrangements to help replace the Northern Irish backstop by the end of 2020 is informed by the views of those trading within the island of Ireland and across the Irish Sea: Business group established to look at Brexit backstop alternatives

Department for Exiting the European Union has set out its objectives and how to deliver them. Update – 2019 plan has been added: Department for Exiting the European Union single departmental plan

You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on GOV.UK.  Please encourage your members and networks to do so as well: Brexit E-mail Alerts

Business Support

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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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.

Members of the ASA will be joining ALFED in 2020

We are delighted to inform you members of the Aluminium Stockholders Association will be joining the Aluminium Federation in January 2020- Stronger Together

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 20: 25 June 2019

Introduction

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.  The objective of this Bulletin is to signpost you to tools and resources to help you and your members prepare for the UK’s Exit from the EU.

Recent Announcements

Workforce and People

NEW – Home Office have announced that it is engaging a range of stakeholders (including business) across the UK, and internationally, to listen to their views, to help shape the future immigration system: The UK’s future skills-based immigration system: engagement programme

NEW – Home Office has provided guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who wish to continue working in the UK after EU Exit (Frontier workers are EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who regularly commute to the UK because they are employed or self-employed here but live elsewhere): Rights and status of frontier workers in the UK after Brexit

Foreign and Commonwealth Office have provided Official information for British people moving to and living in Ireland, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving. Update – EU Exit update: added information on travel in EU, EEA and EFTA countries in the event of a no deal exit: Living in Ireland

NEW – Home Office have published Welsh communication materials that local authorities and community groups can use to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme: EU Settlement Scheme community leader toolkit: Welsh materials

Home Office have provided details of Locations where EU citizens can go to get their biometric ID document scanned if they do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC). Update – Locations in Lewisham, Truro and Bristol now added: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations

Regulations and Standards

NEW – Department for International Trade has provided guidance for UK businesses offering services in EU or EFTA countries if the UK leaves the EU with no deal: Providing services to any country in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland after EU Exit

HM Revenue and Customs have published details of  Statutory Instruments relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This guidance is necessary to ensure the UK’s Customs, VAT and Excise regimes will function in the event of leaving the EU without a deal. Update – Statutory Instruments for The Mutual Assistance on Customs and Agricultural Matters (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and The Customs (Revocation of Retained Direct EU Legislation, etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 have now been laid before Parliament and published on the Legislation website: Statutory Instruments relating to EU Exit

Importing and Exporting

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has provided information on how to notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) if you plan to import animals, germplasm and animal products from the EU. Update – Welsh translation now available: EU import of animals and animal products: notify authorities

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has provided information on the ‘Written Confirmation’ process, for active substances manufactured in the United Kingdom (UK), that will be adopted in a no deal scenario. Update – updated the Register of Written Confirmations for UK Active Substance Manufacturers document: Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal scenario

Other

You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on GOV.UK.  Please encourage your members and networks to do so as well: Brexit E-mail Alerts

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy hold a stakeholder working group which discusses research and innovation policy in the light of the UK’s exit from the EU. Update – terms of reference and membership for the group: EU exit, universities, research and innovation: stakeholder working group

NEW – Department for Exiting the European Union have published a privacy notice explaining how the Department for Exiting the European Union will process your personal data related to Freedom of Information Requests and Subject Access Requests it receives: Department for Exiting the European Freedom of Information and Subject Access Request Privacy Notice

Business Support

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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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)

NEW 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

EU Exit: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy