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Brexit Latest: EU Exit Business Readiness (21st May 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.

EU Exit Business Readiness Forum

The next Forum will take place on Thursday 13 June at 14:15. We will let you know nearer the time whether this will be held solely via WebEx webinar, where attendees will still be able to participate in the Forum and ask questions, or if it will also be held in the BEIS Conference Centre in London. Last Thursday 16 May, the EU Exit Business Readiness Forum covered; an EU Exit update from Department for Exiting the European Union; an overview of the EU settlement scheme from the Home Office; an update on tariffs policy in the case of no-deal and Airbus/Boeing countermeasures from Department for International Trade.

Documents from the Forum are included below:

If you have views about what it would be useful for the Forums to focus on at future meetings, we would very much like to hear from you to help shape our future programme. We would also appreciate your views on whether you would like to see physical Forum meetings continued or whether we should focus on WebEx remote meetings. Please email with your suggestions and views.

Recent Announcements

Regulations and Standards

Home Office have published information for landlords and letting agents on right to rent checks for EU citizens and their family members in the private rented sector in England now and after the UK leaves the EU: Right to rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens after Brexit.

Workforce and People

NEW – Home Office have published guidance on organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme: EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens.

Update – Home Office have updated the locations where you can go to get your biometric ID document scanned if you do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC): EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations.

Importing and Exporting

Department for International Trade have a list of the trade and mutual recognition agreements the UK has signed with non-EU countries. Update – the Andean countries (Columbia, Peru, Ecuador) have been added to the list: Signed UK trade agreements transitioned from the EU.

Getting the right licence, where you can import from, and the checks your consignment must pass at a border inspection post (BIP). Update includes link to EU Exit guidance: Importing live animals or animal products from non-EU countries.

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 published an updated Register of Written Confirmations for UK Active Substance Manufacturers: Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal scenario.

EU & UK Funding

As part of an £8 million investment to support training and automation in the customs intermediaries sector, a £5 million grant scheme opened in December 2018, lasting until 31 May 2019.

The grant is available to support customs intermediaries and traders with training and IT costs ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Increased capacity in this sector will be important whatever our future relationship with the EU. We would particularly like to encourage applications for the training grants. These are available to intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations, or intending to complete customs declarations in the future. The training grant could be used to support a business that is extending and taking on new staff, or to help train an existing employee to start completing customs declarations for the company. Training can be delivered by an external provider, or an in-house trainer. The grant can also be used towards the cost of the new modular customs declarations training course which was launched in March as part of the Government’s wider investment in the sector.

More information on how businesses can apply, and a link to the online application page are available on GOV.UK. We encourage any interested businesses to register on the grant application page no later than Friday 24 May to allow time to complete their application by the deadline.


Update – The Government will put the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to a vote in the week beginning 3 June. We will provide further updates in future bulletins.

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. 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:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Sector Primers

EU Exit: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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