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Brexit

The negotiations around Britain's withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continues to be one of the dominant features of the UK political landscape.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the accredited Chamber network's research and lobbying work has focused on the practical impacts on firms of the decision to leave the EU. The BCC is campaigning for clarity on the nature of the future relationship with the EU, and answers to the pragmatic concerns of businesses. 

This page will provide you with the latest Brexit news and updates as well as useful documents to help your buiness prepare.


With the 31 October looming closer companies should be as Brexit prepared as possible, whether it still goes ahead on that date is still open to speculation. The following list is a selection of websites that may be useful during this transitional period for exporters and importers. 2019 is an interesting year with Brexit, change from the Chief system to CDS and new Incoterms coming in for 2020.

Some Useful Links:

DIT Prepare for Brexit Trade Event Slides

The British Chambers of Commerce Business Brexit Checklist

Leaving without a deal
www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal

General Information
www.gov.uk/hmrc/trade-with-the-e

EORI number
www.gov.uk/hmrc/get-eori

National Export Systems - Import and Export Declarations
www.gov.uk/guidance/export-declarations-and-the-national-export-system-export-procedures

Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)
www.gov.uk/hmrc/eu-simple-importing for easier import

Changes to VAT
www.gov.uk/hmrc/eu-vat-it-rules

Email Updates
www.gov.uk/hmrc/business-support


Catch up on the latest Brexit News and comments from the BCC:

BCC and Bibby Financial Services: Uncertainty around Brexit, tariffs and exchange rates holding back UK exports
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Bibby Financial Services (BFS) have revealed that uncertainty around Brexit, tariffs and exchange rate volatility are holding back the potential of many UK exporters. Find out more

BCC comments on No-Deal Readiness Report and temporary tariff regime
Commenting on the publication of the No-Deal Readiness Report, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said... Find out more

BCC forecast: Business investment and productivity sinking amid Brexit stalemate and global slowdown
The British Chambers of Commerce has today (16.09.19) released its latest economic forecast, downgrading growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.2% (from 1.3%) and to 0.8% (from 1.0%) for 2020. Our GDP growth forecast of 1.2% remains unchanged for 2021. Find out more

BCC: New survey shows potential impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on UK business investment, recruitment intentions
The British Chambers of Commerce publishes new research demonstrating some of the potential real-world consequences of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the 31st of October... Find out more 

Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom today unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019...  Find out more

BCC: Business communities still have little sense of Brexit destination
Commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement she will seek to extend the Brexit deadline, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce... Find out more

BCC comments on latest Brexit developments, 26 March
Reacting to the latest Brexit developments, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Find out more

BCC Forecast: UK economy to falter further as Brexit uncertainty bites
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for 2021 of 1.4% growth. Find out more

BCC comments on Article 50 vote: Businesses still in the danger zone
Commenting on the parliamentary vote on extending Article 50, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more

BCC comments on no-deal Brexit vote
Commenting on the Parliamentary vote on the motion to rule out leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more

MFN and tariff quota rates of customs duty on imports if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
Today the Government published temporary rates of customs duty on imports after EU exit and includes products categories and commodity codes. This will affect everybody in one way or another. See here for the full list.

BCC comments on no-deal tariff plans
Commenting on the announcement of changes to tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more

BCC: UK must avoid messy and disorderly exit on March 29th
Commenting on the parliamentary defeat of the meaningful vote on the Brexit agreement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more

BCC comments on Prime Minister’s statement
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the next steps in the Brexit process, Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more
 
BCC: Government must act now to prevent ‘no deal’ by default on 29th March
Commenting ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting and the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more
 
BCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements
Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more
 
BCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs
Commenting on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal... Find out more
 
BCC comments on no deal customs announcement
Commenting on the announcement by HMRC on Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs in the case of no deal, Ronan Quigley, Executive Director responsible for Trade at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more
 

BCC: Another day lost while the clock is ticking
Commenting on the latest votes in Parliament on Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said... Find out more

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