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 BREXIT: Key unanswered questions for a ‘no-deal’ scenario


The UK is scheduled to exit the EU on 29 March. Businesses do not want a messy and disorderly exit, but with a ‘no-deal’ scenario still possible, firms need clear and precise answers to the many questions this would pose for their business. The British Chambers of Commerce has campaigned strongly for official government guidance – and we have, where possible, welcomed the technical notices, partnership packs and other details of ‘no-deal’ planning published by the UK Government as a result.






The Government has launched a new hub for no deal Brexit information. It has dedicated sections for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK.






On 14 November the UK and European Commission jointly published an updated version of the draft Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and outline Political Declaration (PD). These documents represent the agreements reached by the UK's and EU's negotiating teams.


Following the publication of the Withdrawal Agreement, the BCC has put together a FAQ on the agreement and the likely next steps in the process.


Our priority is to assess the implications of these proposals, working closely with Chamber business communities across the UK.






Brexit involves a lot of uncertainty - and many firms need to continue to think prudently about how the changes ahead may affect their operations. The Chamber Network's Business Brexit Checklist offers a helpful starting point, particularly for those firms that have not already begun to plan.


We hope this proves a useful tool for you!




BREXIT: Risk Register


All across the United Kingdom, businesses are seeking answers to the practical questions they face over the UK’s pending departure from the European Union.


For Chamber member companies, the ultimate test of any Brexit deal is whether it delivers clarity. Answers to practical questions – rather than endless debates over institutional and constitutional arrangements – are what firms of every size and sector need in order to take decisions, invest and prepare for the future.






If your organisation shares personal data with organisations in the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to take steps to ensure you continue to comply with data protection laws if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.






DEFRA are keen to speak to members involved in import and export of animal products about Brexit preparedness. Please let us know if you would be interested in speaking to DEFRA about their Brexit concerns and preparations.



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It is with great pleasure that we can now share with you the video for the Certificates of Origin paper launch with the UK Trade Policy Observatory! The paper (view here) is an important piece of evidence for a credible and confident case for the continued and increased use of Certificates Of Origin against the backdrop of the many changes brought on by Brexit.


This is the result of many months' work and we cannot thank you enough for your help with the paper. We have collaborated with the very respected UKTPO on a combination of research, interviews with members, as well as responses from the latest International Trade Survey.







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Preference and Non-Preference Certificates of Origin – No Deal Contingency Planning


The British Chambers of Commerce and Sussex Chamber of Commerce continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union in the 29th March. However, business need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation to prove origin.


Should the United Kingdom reach a withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that Sussex Chamber of Commerce currently issues to exporters will continue to be used throughout any period of transition.


As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HM Revenue and Customs and Department of International Trade on the revised format of preference and non-preference certificates of origin.


In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide exporters with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation. This will be ready and available in time for March 29th



Why you need an EORI number


1. Does this apply to my business ?


If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you’ll need to get a UK EORI number to continue trading with the EU after 29th March 2019.


2. What is an EORI number?


Economic Operator Registration and Identification number, required by HMRC to allow you to:


  • trade goods into or out of the UK
  • submit declarations using software (or to give to your agent to make these declarations on your behalf)
  • apply to be authorised for customs simplifications and procedures


3. How do I get an EORI number?


Apply online here


4. What Information will I need?


The information you’ll need to make the application depends on the structure of your organisation. Further information can be found here.


5. How long will it take?


HMRC promise the application takes 10 minutes to fill in.

You’ll get your EORI number by email within 3 working days.


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