Brexit Latest: EU Exit Business Readiness (16th July 2019)

16 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 [email protected].


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

Home Office have provided locations of where EU citizens can go to get their biometric ID document scanned if you do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC). Update – Glasgow location information has been added: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations.

Home Office share the current expected processing times for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – updated processing times: EU Settlement Scheme: application processing times.

Home Office have provided guidance for caseworkers considering applications under the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – new guidance on family member of a qualifying British citizen and derivative right to reside (Chen and Ibrahim/Teixeira cases) added: EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance.


Importing and Exporting

Department for International Trade have updated the guidance on the UK transitioning trade agreements which it participates in as a member of the EU. This guidance sets out the status of the agreements that may not be in place when the UK leaves the EU. Update – the ‘UK trade with country or trading bloc as percentage of total UK trade’ statistics in all 3 tables: Existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Department for International Trade have provided guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Colombia if we leave the EU with no deal. Update – added information about the UK-Andean countries trade agreement: Exporting to Colombia after EU Exit if there’s no deal.

Department for International Trade have provided guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Peru if we leave the EU with no deal. Update – added information about the UK-Andean countries trade agreement: Exporting to Peru after EU Exit if there’s no deal.

Department for International trade have provided guidance for changes for UK exporters to Ecuador if we leave the EU with no deal. Update – added information about the UK-Andean countries trade agreement: Exporting to Ecuador after EU Exit if there’s no deal.

Animal and Plant Health Agency have provided guidance on what certificates importers and exporters need to move live animals in both the EU and outside the EU from the UK. Update – forms EC3163 and EC3164 have been updated: Export live animals.

Animal and Plant Health Agency have provided rules for exporting horses and other equines, including ponies and donkeys, and what you need to do if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Update – export declaration guidance notes updated: Export horses and ponies: special rules.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have provided 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 – updated list of Written Confirmations: Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal scenario.


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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