EU Exit update – Latest information and guidance for businesses

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.

Tools & Resources

NEWApplications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020

Applications for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020 opened on 1 May 2019 and close on 10 September 2019. They are free to enter, and it is a self-nominating process. For more information and to apply, visit and don’t forget to let your stakeholders know that the applications are open.

NEWAirbus/Boeing Dispute and the EU Consultation on Countermeasures

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a preliminary list of products from the United States that may face countermeasures in response to the Airbus/Boeing disputes. Further information is here. The Department for International Trade will be hosting a Webinar for stakeholders affected by the countermeasures, this Thursday 9th May 11.30am-12.00pm. For further details or to join the Webinar please email

Recent Announcements

Importing and Exporting

NEW – Department for International Trade published guidance explaining changes to exporting goods and services from the UK if we leave the EU with no deal – country by country guides: Exporting after EU Exit – Country by Country

Department for International Trade updated the consultation outcome to identify UK interest in existing EU trade remedy measures. Updates – Amendments to paragraph 27, 30 and table amendments: addition of Biodiesal AS644 and removal of low carbon ferro chrome: Call for evidence to identify UK interest in existing EU trade remedy measures

Workforce and People

NEW – Home Office published a report on the public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme: EU Settlement Scheme public beta testing phase report

NEW – Home Office published a response to an inspection of the EU Settlement Scheme: Response to an inspection of the EU Settlement Scheme

Home Office updated guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme, ID document scanner locations. Updates – New ID Document scanner locations added: EU Settlement Scheme ID Document Scanner Locations

Home Office updated guidance on current expected processing times for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. Updates – processing times: EU Settlement Scheme: application processing times

Cross Government guidance updated on visiting the UK after Brexit. Updates – School travellers guidance updated: Visiting the UK after Brexit

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. A final batch have now been published, please could you pass on to stakeholders and ask them to cascade through their networks. The sectors covered are:

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