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Preparing businesses for EU Exit

In February the government published a raft of information and guidance, and signposted an online tool, for businesses to find the latest information on EU Exit, how they will be affected, and the actions they can take to prepare. Businesses are advised to access the tool here and sign up to receive customised alerts.

We’re pleased to also now be able to direct you to new and updated information available from several government departments to support businesses. Please see below.

• The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently published ‘landing pages’ for several key business sectors. These pages contain information, guidance, and tools to support businesses to prepare for EU Exit. Please follow these links for landing pages on: food and drink, farming, chemicals, fisheries, and vets.* Defra will continue to provide updates and information on other topics that may affect businesses should we leave the EU without a deal.

*Due to go live on 11.03.19

• Further helpful information and tools are available from the Department for International Trade on: trade agreements with non-EU countries which will be affected when we leave the EU, and from the Information Commissioner’s Office on: data management.

• The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance for businesses. For more information visit

• The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published a set of communications resources on GOV.UK, to accompany the Partnership Pack. These include a range of leaflets and videos that set out the key actions that businesses need to take to continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. There are also step-by-step guides and videos on importing and exporting. There is now a toolkit available to help you use these communications products to engage with local businesses, attached to this email. This toolkit and the GOV.UK page will be updated regularly as new products become available. Please use this toolkit and the associated communications products to engage with local businesses and encourage them to prepare for changes at the border if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

• The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published eighteen sector primers for businesses setting out first steps on how they can prepare for EU Exit. Please follow the links for: automotive, aerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, space, professional and business services, chemicals, electronics, machinery and parts, electricity sector, gas markets, consumer goods, nuclear, research & innovation, life sciences, metal manufacturing, non-metal manufacturing, parcel delivery services. BEIS in partnership with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has also published guidance for UK businesses on EU service provision if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, with guides specific to various EU countries, which can be accessed here. BEIS has also published guidance for businesses on the regulatory requirements for placing goods on the UK and EU markets after the UK leaves the EU here.

• BEIS also continues to host a weekly EU Exit Business Readiness Forum to support businesses to prepare for a no deal scenario. The forum is aimed at business representative organisations, trade associations and professional bodies and provides regular updates on information published by all departments that may be relevant to their members. LEPs are welcome to attend (in person, by telephone or WebEx) or to subscribe to the Forum Bulletin to receive weekly updates. Please contact if you would like to join the forum by telephone or WebEx.

• BEIS is also keen to support the engagement you are doing to help businesses in your area prepare for EU Exit. If you would like our support, please contact

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