The government has provided a collection of advice for UK citizens in case of Brexit. It includes specific advice for:

  • UK Businesses
  • visitors to Europe
  • Hauliers
  • Construction industry
  • EU citizens living here

Please scroll down to find what’s relevant to you.


ONLINE BREXIT TOOL

The Government has devised an online tool to give reliable advice on how your business can prepare for Brexit. Please see below for more details:

www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu


VISITING EUROPE AFTER BREXIT

The Government has prepared some online advice for those who may be travelling to Europe after Brexit. This includes vital information on passport and VISA requirements which may be necessary for staff travelling for businesses.

Find out more details by clicking the link below:

www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit


GUIDANCE FOR HAULIERS

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place, hauliers will be required to complete customs checks when exporting their goods into the EU. It will be the responsibility of traders to obtain the accurate paperwork for the goods being carried by hauliers.

The Government have provided an online guide and handbook for hauliers with details on how they can prepare to continue their travels and export goods freely.

For further details please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/transporting-goods-between-the-uk-and-eu-in-a-no-deal-brexit-guidance-for-hauliers


GET AN EORI NUMBER

You need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU (including the UK).

If you do not get one, you may have increased costs and delays. For example, if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees.

HMRC is automatically enrolling VAT registered companies into an important customs system. More than 88,000 VAT registered companies across the UK will be allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in order to keep trading with customers and suppliers in the EU after the UK has left.

To ensure you have yours please click for more details: https://www.gov.uk/eori


DATA ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES

Act now to keep receiving personal data from the EU.

If your business or organisation receives personal data from partners or suppliers in the 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 can be as simple as adding a new clause into your supplier contracts.

Find out how you can prepare at https://www.gov.uk/brexit-personal-data


CYBER SECURITY

Studies

have shown that historically there has been a rise in cybercrime following large notable events impacting the UK as criminals capitalise on any possible confusion.

For example, there have already been a number of reported scams following the collapse of Thomas Cook. As we head towards the UK’s exit from the EU there is an expectation that there may be an increase in the number of cyber security attacks against organisations and individuals using the situation as a cover story.

Taking time now to review your businesses cyber security provision and colleague education will help to protect your business from any future disruption from a cyber incident.

You may find the Metropolitan Police’s Little Book of Cyber Scams 2.0 an useful guide as well as the below websites:

Get Safe Online                              https://www.getsafeonline.org/

Cyber Aware                                   https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/

Take Five – To Stop Fraud             https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

Action Fraud                                   https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS REGULATION (CPR)

Due to the EU exit, changes to the construction products regulation will occur. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, European harmonised standards and UK designated standards will be identical. Notified bodies operating under the CPR and based in the UK will be granted a new UK ‘approved body’ status and listed on a new UK database.

To read more details about these changes please click the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/construction-products-regulation-if-there-is-no-brexit-deal

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/465/made

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-use-the-ukca-mark-after-brexit


 

EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME

The EU Settlement scheme is a Home Office run scheme which is implicated to ensure all EU citizens who live in the UK currently can continue to live, work and study like they do now. EU citizens have until June 2021 to apply for this scheme (or December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU on a no-deal basis).

Even if this does not affect your business please ensure that you are distributing this throughout your whole organisation so your colleagues and customers are completely aware of the action they need to take.

Please visit www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status for details.


BREXIT WEBINARS

HMRC are running webinars that will provide an overview of what UK businesses need to do to keep importing and exporting goods between the UK and EU.

Please find further information here:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6556129852233668609?source=Sep-HMRC-Comms-GOV


 

BREXIT ROUNDTABLE- a forward look to growing the Essex economy

While we don’t have a crystal ball to definitely know what will happen on the 31st October, The Institute of Directors (IoD), is delighted to team up with the Economic Development Team at Basildon Council and Santander to host a morning round table on Tuesday 19 November.

The event at the Costa Roastery in Basildon will not just be an opportunity to hear from our guest speakers but to open up a lively discussion for businesses in Essex.

  • In uncertain times what are the opportunities?
  • How can businesses in Essex work more collaboratively?
  • What are the supports your business needs?
  • Is there anything you would like to feedback to the Cabinet office?

We will be joined by keynote speaker Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser and Board Member for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), as well as representatives from the Cabinet Office to provide a government update.

Breakfast will be provided and there is parking available on site.

For further detail and to book your place, please visit their website