Information for businesses and employers

The UK Government has a dedicated website offering advice and guidance to help businesses and organisations to prepare for when UK leaves the EU.

Visit GOV.UK for guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal.

We have put together the following links to GOV.UK on specific topics that may be useful.

Funding

Business organisations and industry bodies can apply for a grant to help UK businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The grants are for £25,000 and over. You can use the grant for things like producing advice packs or running events, training courses and webinars.

Individual businesses can apply for grants to help complete customs declarations in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. Funding is available for:

  • training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

You can use this funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future.

Employees and recruitment

There are no immediate changes on employment checks for EU, EEA or Swiss nationals after the UK leaves the EU.

Applicants may choose to use the Home Office online service if they’ve been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but you cannot require them to do so.

You do not have to check whether your existing employees have status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU Citizens would be able to move to the UK to live and work until 31 December 2020.

In the case of no deal, the EU Settlement scheme will operate for EU, EEA or Swiss citizens already resident in the UK by the date of the EU exit. The free movement of people will end but there will be a transition period until 1 January 2021. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens arriving for the first time in the UK during this period will be able to work for 3 months or less at a time without needing to apply for status.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who want to work in the UK for longer than 3 months during this period will be able to apply for European temporary leave to remain. They will then be able to live and work in the UK for 36 months from the date their leave is granted.

Proposals for future immigration are covered by the Immigration White Paper.

Exporting and importing

GOV.UK has guidance on what you need to do after a no-deal Brexit:

No-deal technical notices provide guidance on more specialist areas.

An online tool is available to identify information that is most relevant to your business. There are also a number of short video explainers available.

In the case of no-deal the rules for payment of VAT on parcels purchased from all overseas businesses will change. Sellers should pay VAT for values up to £135 and buyers should pay VAT for values over £135 via the parcel operator.

Professional qualifications

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for on-going recognition of qualifications during the withdrawal period. In the case of a no deal, there is information on GOV.UK on:

GDPR Personal Data

In the event of no deal there are potential impacts on international transfers of personal data, or for data hosted in the EEA.

Transfers of data to the EEA will continue to be permitted. Transfers of data from the EEA to the UK will not automatically be permitted, without standard contractual clauses or other arrangements.

There is also a requirement for US organisations to publicly commit to apply the EU/US Privacy Shield to transfers from the UK in the event of no deal.

Visit the International Commissioners Office (ICO) for guidance on international data transfers.

Education providers

Visit GOV.UK for guidance on:

Further advice

Visit the BEST Growth Hub or Essex Chambers of Commerce for links to a number of further materials for businesses.

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