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Brexit Latest: EU Exit Business Readiness (30th 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

Recent Announcements

Workforce and People

NEW – Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided the rules for international driving permits in EU countries are changing. Check which type of IDP you need to drive legally why you visit Europe. Driving in the EU after Brexit: international driving permits.

NEW – Department for Transport and Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided the rules for exchanging UK driving licenses will change when the UK leaves the EU. Check what you need to do to drive legally when you live in an EU country. Driving in the EU after Brexit: driving licence exchange.

The Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency has published legislation, which in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no agreement, will cover the regulation of medicines, medical devices and clinical trials. Update – there have been updates to the Human Medicines and Medical Devices (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, following it being laid in Parliament on 24 July 2019.

Importing and Exporting

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have information on the ‘Written Confirmation’ process, for active substances manufactured in the United Kingdom that will be adopted in a no deal Brexit. Update – written confirmations for UK Active Substance Manufacturers. Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal Brexit.

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office has published guidance on exhaustion of intellectual property rights if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights.


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.

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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