In last week’s In the Know we briefly focussed on the news surrounding McDonald’s decision to dismiss their CEO for breaching the company’s rules on personal relationships at work. With this in mind, we will now look at how to manage workplace romances in more depth. Croner – In The Know – How to manage workplace romances
Cancellation of APPG
There has been a cancellation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wednesday 11th December due to a General Election being called.
We are working on new dates for 2020 and will advise when these have been confirmed!
Update on GOV.UK.
Courses, seminars and workshops to help exporters understand their obligations under export control legislation.
Latest edition published covering November 2019 to April 2020. Includes an HTML version of the bulletin with separate downloadable booking form.
10:33am, 5 November 2019
No Deal Readiness Report
The content of the No-Deal Brexit Readiness report;
Foreword by the Prime Minister 3
Preface by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 5
Executive summary 7
1. Borders 13
A: Flow at the Border – Goods 13
B: Cross-Border Transport Operations 22
C: Import Tariffs 25
D: Export Tariffs 29
2. Citizens 32
A: EU Citizens in the UK 34
B: EU Citizens Coming to the UK after Brexit 37
C: UK Nationals in the EU 40
D: UK Nationals Travelling to the EU (Including for Work or Study Purposes) 45
E: Transport 48
F: Tax and Customs for Parcels Sent from Abroad 51
3. Data Protection 52
4. Energy and Environment 56
A: Civil Nuclear 56
B: Electricity and Gas Interconnectors 59
C: Fuel Supplies 61
D: EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and Carbon Emissions Tax 62
E: Environment 65
5. Services 67
A: Service Sectors 67
B: Financial Services 71
C: Legal Services 75
6. Industry 78
A: Manufactured Goods Regulation 78
B: Medical Devices 83
Following the Queen’s Speech, the Environment Bill has been introduced into Parliament
Here is the link to the Bill documents.
The Bill now contains chemicals-related provisions with enabling powers to amend the Articles REACH as it applies in UK law and the REACH Enforcement Regulations. These provisions are clause 122 and Schedule 20 in the Bill. The relevant paragraphs in the Explanatory Notes are 967-969 and 1612-1624, and in the Delegated Powers Memorandum are 511-535.
The REACH Regulation draws a distinction between the Articles and Annexes of the Regulation. As REACH is carried into UK law the Annexes can be amended by the Secretary of State through Statutory Instrument but the Articles cannot generally be amended. However, this risks freezing the UK REACH Regulation in its current form. The power in the Bill will allow the Secretary of State to take further steps where necessary to ensure a smooth transition to a UK chemicals regime following the UK’s exit from the EU. It will also make it possible to keep the legislation up to date and respond to emerging needs or ambitions for the effective management of chemicals.
For example, the Secretary of State may want to amend the detailed operation of the regulatory processes such as evaluation, authorisation and restriction to ensure they remain efficient and effective and respond to the experience of applying them in a UK-only context. The Secretary of State may also want to amend the provisions on independent scientific advice if experience shows that they need to be refined to take account of the fact that they are operate more effectively.
The REACH Exit SI inserted provisions designed to provide a smooth transition into the UK system for existing dutyholders under the EU REACH Regulation. At the same time the policy intention is to preserve the underlying principles of the EU REACH regime, including ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment. It is important that it remains possible to amend the transitional provisions to ensure both a smooth transition into the UK REACH system and continued effective management of chemicals for the protection of human health and the environment.
A number of safeguards are included in relation to the exercise of this power. The Secretary of State must publish an explanation of why she considers any amendments to be consistent with Article 1 of REACH (aim and scope). There is also a series of protected provisions which cannot be amended. These relate to the fundamental principles of REACH, the role of the Devolved Administrations, and the transparency of the regime.
The REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008 were made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972. However, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 repeals the European Communities Act. This means that after exit day the only way to amend the Enforcement Regulations will be by providing new powers through primary legislation.
The next stage will be Second Reading in the House of Commons, which is the debate on the main principles of the Bill. We haven’t got a date for that yet but the convention is that there should be a minimum of two weekends between Introduction and 2nd Reading.
Please get in touch with Keith.Bailey@defra.gov.uk if you have further questions.
Edition: Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin
Issue 35: 3 October 2019
Next week The Department for Business is hosting a series of webinars in partnership with the British Library. Each webinar will have an individual focus and there will be the opportunity to ask questions to the officials in every webinar. These webinars are aimed at businesses, especially smaller businesses, and we encourage you to share details with your networks. Please see webinar details below.
Tuesday 8 October, 11am, Managing Personal Data
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, any organisation that receives personal data from organisations in the EU – including addresses in delivery details, personnel files, and intra-company transfers of customer details – will need to take steps to ensure these transfers can legally continue. Officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) are hosting a WebEx seminar to talk through steps organisations should take.
Wednesday 9 October, 11am Carbon Pricing RegulationTo help businesses understand how they need to prepare, officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), HM Treasury, and HM Revenue & Customs are hosting a WebEx seminar concerning 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.
Thursday 10 October, 11:30am, Employing EU Citizens and Providing Services to the EU
To help businesses understand how they need to prepare, officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Home Office are hosting a WebEx seminar. The Home Office will be presenting on the EU Settlement Scheme. The presentation will cover background to the Scheme, as well as employers’ rights and obligations. We will also be providing information on the recently announced, European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme. The presentation will also cover information on services to EU based clients or exporting services to the EU. When the UK leaves the EU, UK businesses and professionals will be treated as originating from a ‘third country’ and will not have the same kind of access to EU markets. Investment in EU businesses or the establishment of businesses within the EU will also be affected. At this session we will outline new rules you may need to comply with if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, focusing on:
- Market access (including remote access)
- Recognition of professional qualifications
- Business travel
Friday 11 October, 11am, Importing and Exporting Services to the EU
The presentation will also cover information on services to EU based clients or exporting services to the EU. When the UK leaves the EU, UK businesses and professionals will be treated as originating from a ‘third country’ and will not have the same kind of access to EU markets. Investment in EU businesses or the establishment of businesses within the EU will also be affected. At this session we will outline new rules you may need to comply with if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, focusing on:
- Market access (including remote access)
- Recognition of professional qualifications
- Business travel
EU EXIT: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team
Conference call invitation Friday 4 October 2019 for 13:30: US tariff measures announcement (Airbus WTO Dispute)
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has released its report on US retaliatory rights in relation to the Airbus dispute.
DIT’s Press Statement can be found here.
Take part in the information session that DIT will be hosting to inform stakeholders who will be affected by or have an interest in this report. This will take place on Friday 4 October 2019 at 13:30. To join the call and receive dial-in details please register here. The conference ID number is 2875695. If you would like to attend in person or have any questions regarding the call please email TradeDisputes@trade.gov.uk.
The UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019
You are receiving this email from the Department for International Trade (DIT) because we support businesses to trade internationally.
If you are a UK business that imports and/or exports, you will need to act now to prepare for the changes that will affect your trading with Europe and the rest of the world.
Businesses are taking action and by following some simple steps, you can better prepare your business for Brexit.
You should check the latest guidance and steps to:
- Receive goods from the EU
- Export or transport goods from the UK to the EU
- Provide services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
Further information and key actions for UK businesses in a no-deal Brexit:
- Check the status of the trade continuity agreements the UK has with non-EU countries to help you understand how trading may change and enable you to take appropriate action.
- You must register for an Open General Export Licence (OGEL) if you export dual-use (civilian and military) items to EU countries and the Channel Islands.
Further information and key actions for UK importers of goods in a no-deal Brexit:
- You may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports. These temporary rates would only be in place for up to 12 months.
- See what preferential trade arrangements are in place under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) to reduce or remove tariffs on your imports from certain developing countries.
The Government is holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit. Sign up to:
- Brexit Business Readiness Events to help businesses prepare for Brexit.
- DIT tailored Brexit Preparedness Workshops for businesses that export.
- DIT Webinars on 8 October for exporters of goods and services.
- HMRC Webinars for businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK.
Keep up-to-date on Brexit and get tailored guidance:
Sign up for alerts (regular Brexit updates) on subjects including the Article 50 process, trade negotiations, and announcements about changes to trading.
EU Exit information and event links
EU Exit Advice for SMEs
EU Exit advice videos on a range of key topics including the UKCA mark, authorised representatives and importer labelling, business legal requirements: cross-border mergers and operating in the UK, business legal requirements: merger review and anti-competitive activity, use of personal data, EORI registration, transitional simplified procedures registration, using a customs agent, exporting, hauliers and business travel.
HMRC webinars with information for businesses importing and exporting between the UK and the EU
Sign-up for Brexit Business Readiness Events, being held across the country
A call for input to inform the UK’s approach to our future trading relationship with Japan
Brexit Business Readiness Forum
BEIS are pleased to confirm that the next Brexit Business Readiness Forum will be held at BEIS in the Conference Centre and broadcast. Please see the below agenda and registration details for the next two forums.
Please see the below registration details for this week’s forum on Thursday 3rd October at 14:45pm. Registration for attending in person and on Webex will close at 23:00 Wednesday 2nd October. Agenda items currently include and update from DExEU, Internal Markets, Energy and Exhaustion of IP Rights.
- If you would like to attend in person, please sign up here. The password is Oktoberfest. Arrivals will be from 14:15pm from the main reception where people will escort you down. Please show an ID and your invitation at the door.
- If you would like to dial in via Webex, please sign up here. The password is Oktoberfest. Webex details will be emailed the morning of Thursday 3rd October. Please note you can only dial in through a computer.