Brexit Latest: EU Exit Business Readiness (10th September 2019)

11 September 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.

This Bulletin aims to provide you with the latest information and guidance from Government, designed to rally businesses to get ready for Brexit.


Brexit Business Readiness Forum

The next forum will be on Thursday 12 September.

We would really like to hear from you if there is anything in particular that you would find the upcoming forum, please share your thoughts with us via [email protected].


Recent Announcements

EORI Number Update

Last week the Chancellor announced that as many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October. Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned EORI number. If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number.

Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Getting an EORI number is only the first step that businesses need to action urgently to be prepared for leaving the EU. After getting an EORI number, businesses need to decide how to make customs declarations. Traders can complete these themselves or employ a customs agent to do this. 

Download EORI Myth Busters (PDF).

HM Revenue and Customs have provided information on grants businesses can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if a business completes customs declarations. Update – applications have reopened for the training and IT improvements grants: Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations.


Data Protection

If you are a business or organisation and receive personal data from partners or suppliers in EU or EEA countries you must act now to ensure you can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details. To continue receiving personal data legally after Brexit, review your supplier contracts and read this guidance: www.gov.uk/guidance/using-personal-data-after-brexit.


Ecommerce Directive

If your members provide online services within the European Economic Area (EEA), they may have to newly comply with rules governing online activities within these countries if there is a no deal Brexit. For more information please read the no deal guidance on the eCommerce Directive. If they hold a .eu domain name, or are considering registering for one, read the no deal guidance on .eu domain names for information about the eligibility criteria and what to do in a no deal Brexit.


Get Ready for Brexit Campaign

The new public information campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, will run across television, social media, billboards and other platforms. Government research shows that only 50% of the population think it’s likely the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, 42% of small-to-medium sized businesses are unsure of how they can get ready and just 31% of the British public have looked for information on how to prepare for Brexit.

The campaign will tackle this head on by setting out what all members of the public and business owners might need to do, if anything, to get ready to leave the EU on 31 October. The campaign will include events throughout the UK to help business preparations. More details to follow.


Importing and Exporting

Animal and Plant Health Agency have provided rules you need to follow to export cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry. Update – information about bees has been removed. Instead, users should visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/bee-health: Export livestock and poultry.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have provided guidance on what your members would need to do if they export animals, products of animal origin and animal by-products in a no-deal Brexit. Update – updated information on how to check which animal by-products need to go through a BIP in a no-deal Brexit: Exporting animals and animal products in a no-deal Brexit.

HM Revenue & Customs have provided details on how your members can find out if they can register to use simplified transitional procedures for goods you are bringing into the UK from the EU. Update – agents section updated to clarify that when an agent acts as a direct representative of a trader registered for transitional simplified procedure the trader is liable for the customs debt: Register for simplified import procedures in a no-deal Brexit.


Workforce and People

Home Office have provided details on the transitional immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Update – updated guidance to reflect change in policy: EU immigration after free movement ends if there’s no deal.

Home Office have provided guidance on the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Update – guidance updated following government announcement: Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families.

Home Office have provided guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks on EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members in the UK after Brexit. Update – guidance updated: Right to work checks on EU citizens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


Transport

An information campaign is being launched across the UK and Europe to ensure businesses and hauliers are prepared for the UK to leave the EU. The public awareness drive will make sure hauliers obtain everything they need from traders to get through border customs smoothly, reducing risk of delays at ports. As part of the campaign an email will be sent to 70,000 UK operators, industry bodies and other interested parties detailing essential information for those driving to the EU after 31 October. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, hauliers will be required to go through customs checks when exporting goods to the EU from the UK. It is the responsibility of traders to apply and obtain the right paperwork for the goods hauliers are carrying. The UK government will also be providing hauliers with a handbook and a pocket guide to clearly set out how they can prepare themselves, their vehicles and their goods so that they can continue to travel freely. The how-to guides will be available across the UK and the continent at pop-up facilities in service stations, truck stops and petrol stations.

Please see: Transporting goods between the UK and EU in a no deal Brexit – guidance for hauliers.

Department for Transport have provided a policy statement on UK position on rights for airlines from EU countries, and the basis on which flights will continue if there is a no-deal Brexit. Update – a revised statement of reciprocity for basic air connectivity regulations between the UK and EU if there is a no-deal Brexit: Air services from the EU to the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Department for Transport have provided information about what UK lorry and goods vehicle drivers need to do to drive professionally in the EU if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Update – updated the section on Driver CPC to make it clear that you need to exchange your UK Driver CPC qualification for an EU Driver CPC qualification before 31 October 2019 if your members work for an EU company or want to work for one, it is recommended they do this as soon as possible: Drive in the EU after Brexit: lorry and goods vehicle drivers.

Department for Transport have provided information about what UK bus or coach drivers need to do to drive professionally in the EU if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Update – updated the section on Driver CPC to make it clear that your members would need to exchange their UK Driver CPC qualification for an EU Driver CPC qualification before 31 October 2019 if they work for an EU company or want to work for one, it is recommended they do this as soon as possible: Drive in the EU after Brexit: bus and coach drivers.


Other

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have provided guidance for stakeholders to make informed plans and preparation in the event of leaving the EU with no deal. Update – updating of four dates: Further guidance note on the regulation of medicines, medical devices and clinical trials in a no-deal Brexit.

HM Revenue and Customs have provided statutory instruments relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and Brexit. Update – statutory Instruments for The Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019, The Customs and Excise (Miscellaneous Provisions and Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and The Excise Duties (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 4) Regulations 2019 have now been laid before Parliament and published on the Legislation website: Statutory Instruments relating to Brexit.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have provided details related to submissions related to human medicines would need to be submitted directly to the MHRA. Update – updated text and link to User Reference Guide on this page for gaining access to MHRA submissions: Register to make submissions to the MHRA if there is a no-deal Brexit.


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
Email: [email protected]


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