Frequently Asked Question

Brexit?

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Here's some information which may help you with Brexit.

Prepare For Brexit | Official GOV.UK | Information & Guidance

If you’re confused about Brexit and how it many impact on you. As a start, here’s some links to official guidance provided by the government on gov.uk advising what you need to do to prepare for Brexit.

Prepare For Brexit | Official GOV.UK | Information & Guidance
Follow the above link to Gov.uk for the government’s guidance on what you need to do to be ready for Brexit, as a business or as an individual.

Other official Brexit guidance on gov.uk

https://www.gov.uk/prepare-eu-exit

https://www.gov.uk/find-eu-exit-guidance-business

If you are trading with the EU (buying or selling) you need to be aware of how Brexit will impact on your business. In addition to the above links there’s an increasing amount of guidance being issued by the government on their website gov.uk – have a look.

Latest update from HMRC regarding changes to customs arrangements after the UK has left the EU - issued on 27th January 2020.



Update from HMRC




We are contacting businesses in the UK who may import and export between the UK and the EU to explain what they can do next to prepare for changes to customs arrangements after the UK has left the EU.

Between 1 Fe‌br‌ua‌ry and 31 De‌ce‌mb‌er 2020, there will be an implementation period. There will be no changes to the terms of trade with the EU or the rest of the world during this time.

From 1 Ja‌nu‌ar‌y 2021, the way you trade with the EU will change and you’ll need to prepare for life outside the EU, including new customs arrangements.

If you import and export between the UK and the EU, you can start your preparations now by:

  • making sure you have a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • preparing to make customs declarations.
The letter that we’ve posted to 220,000 VAT registered businesses has also been published on GOV.UK.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Green and Sophie Dean

Directors General, EU Exit and Borders, HMRC




The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. At present we do not know what the leaving arrangements will be. Leaving the EU without a deal would mean there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business. The situation appears to be somewhat fluid. We shall update our guidance as soon as situation becomes clear and guidance is issued by HMRC.

Please see the following bulletin from HMRC for information, issued on 21st August 2019.

Getting ready for Brexit

HMRC Business Help and Education Emails sent this bulletin at 21-08-2019 04:20 PM BST


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Update from HMRC

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Dear colleague,

The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances.

Leaving the EU without a deal means there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business.

  • UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT processes to goods sold into the EU (these are the same rules that already apply for goods and services traded outside of the EU).
  • Trading partners in the EU will have to apply customs, excise and VAT processes to trade they carry out with you, in the same way that they do for goods and services traded from outside of the EU.
HMRC is helping businesses get ready for Brexit by automatically issuing them with a UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number. We have written to more than 88,000 VAT registered companies to let them know the UK EORI number they’ve been assigned. Businesses will not be able to move goods in and out of the UK without one.

If your business is not VAT-registered, you will still need to apply now for a UK EORI. HMRC cannot give you this automatically.

You can check the next steps you need to take to ensure that your business is ready for Brexit using our trader checklist.

We will continue to provide you with the latest guidance and support to help you prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU.

Yours sincerely

jharraJim Harra

Deputy CEO and Second Permanent Secretary – HMRC




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