Let's talk Brexit

The UK is leaving the EU. Leaving the EU means your business or organisation may need to prepare for change. We have brought together information and resources to help businesses.

General information about EU Exit

The Government has information for businesses to help them prepare for exiting the EU. The Government’s main Prepare for EU Exit site has information for individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK, as well as information explaining the Brexit deal.

In addition, a tool has been developed for businesses to help prepare for the EU Exit. There are seven questions to answer covering key business operation areas that will be impacted. You can find it online here.

The British Chambers of Commerce has produced a downloadable Brexit for business checklist.

HMRC’s Employer Bulletin has published an EU Exit edition giving up-to-date information on payroll topics.

Additional support is available from the government for customs intermediaries and traders to help businesses increase capacity in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. The grant will provide funding for training that provides organisations with skills to complete customs declarations and carry out the technical processes of customs procedures. See gov.uk for more information.

Leaving without a deal

There is also information on if the UK leaves the EU with no deal and downloadable step-by-step guides from HMRC to preparing for a 'no deal' EU exit in terms of importing and exporting.

The Government has help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. This includes how to get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU and registering for simplified import procedures if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

HMRC has published a video webinar and online guide detailing key areas businesses need to be aware of in order to keep trading with the EU in case of a no deal EU Exit. HMRC’s Online Customer Forum also contains information and questions from other businesses that you may find helpful.

Checklists and additional information

There will be many areas of business affected by Brexit. Whatever your business is, we have built five checklists to help you prepare.

(See and download them, below.)

Export procedures and customs

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network identified what the issues might be and what steps they should take to prepare for change. Expert input came from Chamber International and logistics specialists Advanced Supply Chain Group.

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Getting paid and taxation

In December 2018 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network teamed up with NatWest bank and accountants from BDO LLP to identify the impacts on tax and pay.

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IT issues and e-commerce

With expert input came from IT specialists Freeman Clark and international business consultancy Bolst Global, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network have produced the following checklist to help with IT preparation.

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Employment and HR checklist

Expert input from the Labour and Employment team at law firm Squire Patton Boggs and a practical case study from Leeds-based Equifax Ltd helped to shape the following checklist.

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Contract issues

In October 2018 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network sought expert advice from the Competition team at law firm Walker Morris and the Enterprise Europe Network to help build this checklist.

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