EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 20: 25 June 2019


Welcome to the latest in a series of business readiness bulletins, aimed at keeping trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries up to date on the latest information and guidance for business on the UK exiting the EU.  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


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

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