Whatever our personal view of Brexit, ‘regaining our freedom’ or ‘the biggest gaff in living memory’, there is little doubt that the period around the scheduled change on 29th March 2019 is going to be one of challenge and change.
Over the last few months, an, enormous amount of Central Government Guidance for Businesses has been published, as we all prepare for Brexit and the potential step into the unknown associated should there be a departure without a deal of any kind, or a deal with a period of transition.
Help for East Devon & Trinity Businesses
To help East Devon and Trinity businesses prepare, our East Devon District Council economy team has brought together numerous documents and references in one extensive library. This will be of interest not only to our businesses, but also, we as individuals.
Unfortunately, it would be fair to say that Central Government has been ‘less than communicative’ with local government, as the maceration of uncertainty, posture, move and counter move, continue to be played out in Westminster.
Central Government Guidance for business preparing for Brexit.
The library starts with a sequence of seven questions for each business to answer. Based on your answers, guidance applicable to your circumstances will be drawn together. This personalised guidance will offer information on what is changing in your business sector, any associated rule or regulations changes and specifically what your business should consider doing in preparation for our departure from the EU.
In additional to these core resources, numerous other papers are available from our document library including;
Movement of people, energy and renewable sources, research funding, health and social care, movement of goods, intellectual property, personal data et al.
Central Government has also published a series of detailed notes on preparation for an exit with ‘No-Deal’. This is essentially guidance to help businesses in planning for that possibility, as it is widely hoped that this situation and its significant possible consequences can be avoided.
Changes at UK borders, duty and VAT, importing and exporting and travelling on a UK passport.
What happens on the day of a ‘no deal’ brexit?
The final section of the library covers details on what might happen as the sun rises (yes, I’m sure about that bit!) on day one of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Inevitably, this focuses on the situation for businesses importing from or exporting to the EU, trading with the rest of the world, agricultural and food related businesses, medical supplies and the implications for hauliers crossing the borders – wherever they are!
Take a look at the documents
Any businesses, interested individuals, or insomniacs will find this link to the library, written by the ‘Sir Humphrey’s’ rather than the ‘Jim Hackers’ useful, objective and the best possible source of considered professional advice.