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Brexit Latest: EU Exit Business Readiness (23rd July 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 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

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: UpdateInternational Agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


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.

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

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