Awareness and possible actions in preparing for a no-deal Brexit

Should I plan? Is Brexit going to even happen? How far should I go with my preparations? How bad will a no-deal Brexit be? All valid questions, with hard-to-find answers as a lot will depend on your own circumstances.

This article aspires to make businesses aware of potential stumbling points in their operations that may be affected in the event of a no-deal Brexit. From the highlighted possible disruptions, one is then able to utilise ones resources in the most effective manner when preparing for a possible no-deal Brexit.

The below is targeted for the Small-to-Medium sized subsidiaries that epitomise the size of clients we have at Goodwille. These companies typically don’t have the resources to spend endless amounts of time, money and effort on no-deal planning. Here it is important to apply a pragmatic approach to an event that keeps being pushed back.

 

Staff considerations

One of the most important aspects of our business are the people that work within it. Travel between the UK and EU will most likely need Visas further down the line (not expected until 2021 at the earliest). EU national staff in the UK may be at risk if they have not taken steps to secure the right to remain in the UK.

Be aware

  • Review staff travel needs on both UK and EU side.
  • Review how many EU nationals in UK business and what actions they have taken.
  • Review plans to move staff to EU or to UK post-Brexit, that may be disrupted.

Possible actions

  • Move forward any plans to move staff between UK and rest of EU before Brexit. Or face more paperwork and restrictions to move after Brexit.

For more information on staff considerations, please refer to our previous article ‘No-deal Brexit from a people/HR perspective’.

 

Selling physical goods in the UK

The likely disruption to physical goods being imported and exported in the event of a no-deal Brexit is expected to be sizeable. Recent reports suggest the UK will significantly reduce reporting requirements at the border, however the EU has maintained the need to protect the Single Market and the Customs Union. So the expectation is large queues on the EU side.

Be aware

  • Refresh understanding of any logistics or supply chains involving UK-EU trade.
  • Get in touch with partners involved in the import/export process to understand their concerns / capacity issues etc.

Possible actions

  • The natural one here is to stockpile, though deciding how much is a risk-based assessment only individual businesses can do.
  • Setting up a UK Legal entity to minimise disruption to UK clients.
  • Make sure you know your EORI number.

 

Regulatory disruption

Goodwille has already seen several businesses in the food industry take steps to ensure they can continue to trade in the event of a no-deal. If your business is in regulated markets, there may be extra scrutiny by new non-EU government departments.

Be aware

  • From a regulatory perspective, find out what your UK business need to continue to operate.
  • Research what processes/applications will you need to implement in the event of a no-deal.

Possible actions

  • Setting up a Limited Company or Branch can be a low-cost solution to ensure continued operation in the UK market.

 

VAT, tariffs and duties

This area is one of the toughest to know what might happen, with reports of no Tariff’s being implemented to the worst-case scenario of WTO tariffs. At Goodwille we have teamed up with partners and will have trained staff internally, to handle all eventualities in these areas.

Be aware

  • Of your VAT reporting requirements and how you charge it currently, i.e. direct from EU or through UK entity.
  • That this area is most likely to change regularly in the time after Brexit, use a local partner to keep on top of changes.

Possible actions

  • Register for UK VAT number.

 

GDPR

The UK’s level of GDPR does not satisfy EU requirements and would be deemed a Third Party. With large fines for non-compliance, having the appropriate clauses or derogations is essential.

Be aware

  • Of any data that is transferred between the UK and the rest of the EU.
  • Any agreements or contracts that may be affected or need to be re-written.

Possible actions

  • Consider updating agreements in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.

For more information on GDPR, please refer to our previous article ‘Data protection in the event of a no-deal Brexit’.

 

For more information

For clients that would like to go into more detail, a more comprehensive list of aspects to consider while preparing your business for Brexit has been provided by the British Chambers of Commerce. Access the British Chambers of Commerce’s Business Brexit Checklist here.

Goodwille can support your business in many of the above areas, including setting up a Limited Company or a UK branch, supporting with UK VAT and help applying for an EORI number, as well as advice you on any HR and staff related questions. Contact us for more information on how we can support your business in preparing for Brexit. 


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Brexit update from Goodwille – October 2019

In this Brexit update from early October 2019, we take a look back at the events of the last month and give you a glimpse of the format of regular bulletins we will be sending in the run up to the current October 31st Brexit date.

PM Prorogues Parliament, and Supreme Court Appeal

Prime Minster Boris Johnson has been fighting the EU on one side and UK Parliament on the other. In an attempt to be able to focus on getting a deal with the EU, or enable a no-deal Brexit depending on who you believe, the PM prorogued parliament, basically shutting it down, for 5 weeks on 10th September. This was later ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court and Parliament was subsequently re-opened on 25th September.

The Benn Act and Government Losing Majority

In an attempt to prevent a no-deal from happening in October, Parliament took control of proceedings and enacted a piece of law intended to force the Prime Minister to extend Article 50, should no deal be forthcoming in the negotiations with the EU. In the days preceding the law passing, and during the fallout after, the Conservatives ended up losing their majority in parliament.

Parliament rejects a General Election

In a frustration for the UK government, Parliament has rejected calls for a General Election. The opposition maintain it is to ensure a No Deal exit cannot happen. With Boris maintaining that he needs the threat of no-deal to get the EU to move its persistence to push for the Withdrawal Agreement, which has thrice been rejected by the UK parliament.

Boris Johnson’s alternative arrangements

Any documents or plans the government have so far presented to resolve the current impasse in negotiations, have been rejected by EU as not doing enough to replace the Irish Backstop. Opposition parties are concerned Boris Johnson is just trying to look busy and whittle down the clock to a no-deal Brexit.

Party conferences underway as Government parties prepare for possible General Election

In the UK it is party conference season, where parties decide their latest policies. The Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party had theirs during the shutdown of parliament. In a bizarre twist the upcoming Conservative conference is happening with Parliament still running, due to the Supreme Court ruling. Requiring Conservative MP’s to need to shuttle back and forth from London and Manchester.

Talks of a Government of National Unity

Since Boris Johnson lost his majority in the UK parliament, there have been widespread rumours of the possibility of a Government of National Unity to take control of proceedings. The only problem with this is no one seems to be able to decide who that should be and what price that support would cost.

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Alternative access to the EU

For clients who rely on the UK for access to EU markets, Goodwille has looked at other setups to maintain access post-Brexit. In this article we present three possible alternatives for access to the EU market in the event of a no-deal Brexit; Ireland, E-residency in Estonia, and the Netherlands.

Ireland

Ireland will most likely be the easiest alternative to a presence in the UK. The list of positives for Ireland is long. The Irish have a similar jurisdiction to the UK, there are no language barriers, it is relatively easy to set up a company and the corporation tax is lower compared to the rest of the EU. However, one negative aspect for clients who would use Ireland as a base to import and export to rest of the EU is that Ireland could be affected heavily by a no-deal Brexit, as most trade currently goes through the UK to get to mainland Europe.

E-residency in Estonia

Estonia is a member of the European Union. Through the country’s embrace of digital solutions, it allows foreign nationals to become e-residents. Thereby, you could set up a business in Estonia from a foreign country. From what we have read, the stumbling block is whether one could get a bank account without close ties to Estonia. For those looking for subsidiary access to the EU market, it remains  uncertain whether this alternative is suitable at present.

The Netherlands and elsewhere in the EU

If you need access to the rest of the EU because you trade in physical goods, then serious consideration should be given to the European mainland. The Netherlands is an interesting alternative for a number of reasons. Just as in regards to Ireland, it is relatively easy to set up a company in the Netherlands. Due to a highly advanced transport infrastructure, the Netherlands is seen as a gateway to the rest of Europe. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Netherlands would not be affected in the same manner as Ireland would.


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No-deal Brexit from a people/HR perspective

Whilst it is clear with the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister that there will be a different tack to negotiations with the EU, at the time of writing the EU has maintained the stance it does not intend to renegotiate the terms of its deal with the UK.

In the case of a no-deal Brexit, it is likely to become more expensive and difficult for people to work, study and live across borders in the long run as well as gaining access to healthcare, benefits and social services.

For individuals

At this time, for current residents (EU citizens located in the UK by/on 31st October 2019) the UK have provided a grace period to continue to reside in the UK. They may apply for pre-settled status or settled status depending on certain qualifying conditions. EU citizens residing in the UK on exit day may also continue to receive temporary access to healthcare until December 2020. In terms of professional qualifications, EU citizens who have had their qualifications recognised in the UK by exit day will be protected.

EU Nationals who are not residing in the UK by/on exit day can still come to the UK to work or study without applying for immigration status or visas, as long as they do not stay for longer than 3 months. This means that it will still be possible for short-term business trips to happen. This arrangement will remain in place until the new UK immigration system comes into effect in 2021. For EU Nationals who are looking to stay in the UK for longer than the 3-month application free period, it will be possible to apply for Temporary Leave to Remain which grants up to a 36 month stay to work or study. Once this expires, EU Nationals will need to apply via the new immigration visa system and their time spent living in the UK via Temporary Leave to Remain will not count towards any permanent residency application. So far, the EU has granted UK nationals visa-free travel in the event of no-deal, allowing visits for 90 days in any 180 days.

For employers

There is speculation that there could be an economic slowdown due to Brexit which could in turn result in recruitment freezes. What we do know is that there will be more hurdles for HR when recruiting EU citizens into UK businesses and perhaps difficulty in replacing key personnel with certain skillsets (e.g. languages). When carrying out pre-employment screening, HR will also need to be mindful of changing data protection laws (as the UK will be considered a third country) if references need to be sought outside of the UK.

Another concern for employers is the potential change to secondment arrangements, whereby until now the UK has enjoyed favourable agreements with most EU countries for taxation and social security purposes. As of now, the UK has reached bilateral agreements with both Switzerland and the EFTA countries to protect existing healthcare arrangements in a no-deal scenario. The UK have also published draft Statutory Instruments in relation to the social security treatment of individuals in order to maintain current EU principles and rules on social security, however this does not affect social security in other EU countries.

In summary, even in a no-deal Brexit scenario, it will no doubt be more arduous but in no way an impossible situation.


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Data protection in the event of a no-deal Brexit

If the UK exits the EU on 31st October 2019, it would technically mean that all data transfers between the EU and the UK must cease with immediate effect come midnight on that date. This would be the case until one of the following three mechanisms available for transferring data to countries, which are not considered to offer adequate protection of individuals’ data, has been put in place:

1. Binding Corporate Rules

These rules are suitable for large multinational corporations as these cover intra-organisational data transfers of personal data across borders.

2. Derogations

Derogations (an exemption from or relaxing of the law) should be applied restrictively and are only suited to processing, which is occasional and non-repetitive.

3. Standard Data Protection Clauses

For most small to medium-sized companies, these clauses are likely to be the preferable, or indeed only, option for ensuring that data can continue to flow between the UK and the remaining EU member states. However, it is important to note that these must not be modified and must be signed as provided. While they can be added to a wider contract, or have additional clauses added to them, care must be taken to ensure the standard clauses are not contradicted. Another key element to highlight is that these clauses will always be governed by the laws of the Member State in which the EU-based party is based.

When considering what steps to take in order to keep making international transfers of data, it is worth assessing current relationships with other parties. Is your company the controller of the data transfers, or the processor? Ultimately, the onus to ensure the transfer is legally permissible is with the controller. Having said that, Goodwille strongly recommends clients to adopt a proactive approach. It may be appropriate for a processor to be the driving force behind putting one of the three above-discussed mechanisms in place. This should be done by the 31st October 2019, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Do you have any questions about how a no-deal Brexit might affect your business’s data protection and how you ought to prepare? Do not hesitate to contact us – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Alternatives to a no-deal Brexit

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has stated that the UK is leaving on the 31st October 2019 “no if’s, no but’s”. The markets seem to believe him as the pound continues to fall against other major currencies. The EU continues to maintain that the only deal available comes in the form of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) along with the highly controversial Irish backstop, agreed with Theresa May’s government. From the UK perspective, the WA has been rejected 3 times by the UK Parliament and therefore, it is considered dead by many, particularly the new government. Assuming the WA does not go back to Parliament, what alternative routes exist that do not result in WTO no-deal exit?

Government loses control

Boris Johnson has a very narrow majority in Parliament. However, Brexit is a cross-party issue. It could either be through a vote of no confidence, leading to a government of national unity, or a general election, or even just to control the legislature to block a no-deal exit, resulting in a further extension of Article 50 or even a revocation should there be perceived lack of appetite from certain EU leaders for a further extension. If this were to take hold, it would need to happen in early September, and even then, the Remain side have been fighting among themselves to decide who should lead this group.

WA without backstop

The backstop remains one of the most controversial elements of the current deal available to the UK. The EU has consistently stated that it would not entertain removing the backstop and, for the time being, we should hold them to their word. Recently, Boris Johnson has been given the challenge to come up with credible “alternative arrangements” by the 20th September to allow the backstop to become redundant. There is scepticism this can be delivered, and therefore this avenue seems unlikely.

Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

There were rumours that the EU had always been prepared to offer a Free Trade Agreement before Theresa May started negotiations that lead to the Withdrawal Agreement. Many of the current Conservatives have wanted to work towards an FTA, similar to Canada’s, from the very beginning. Though it is quite unlikely, this could be implemented or agreed upon in the short period of time remaining. This may be the final destination for the UK-EU relationship, but it is not going to happen by 31st October.

EEA (Norway Style)

A type of Brexit that seems to never go away is the Norway style membership or EEA membership. In some ways, this provides the most deliverable transition at this juncture with the least disruption, considering the constraints of time and distance in consensus between both UK and EU parties. It would need ratification by the EU and the other members of the EEA group. So far, the UK has not entertained this option, but with all sides not wishing for a no-deal Brexit, this could and would be pushed through should the UK head for this option.

Standstill Agreement

Should a no-deal exit look very possible as we approach 31st October, or even have come to pass, there have been persistent rumours that some form of Standstill Agreement would apply to minimise the disruption. The Institute for Government have produced a good, concise article covering what is probably possible and the difficulties of achieving a Standstill Agreement.

In Summary

Even with 2 months to go, it is impossible to say where we might end up. There are still many things that can and will happen between now and 31st October. Should none of the above options come to pass, then the default remains a no-deal exit, with all the unknowns and likely disruption that will occur to both sides.


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Brexit Update from Goodwille – April 2019

It’s been a while since our last update on the Brexit discussion so we felt it was time for another one, even if we are still waiting for a final decision as to how and when Brexit will happen.

What has happened since our last update?

Very little that has brought any clarity. Our belief that a delay was more likely than a No-Deal was confirmed when the EU accepted Theresa May’s letter to extend Article 50.

What happened on Friday?

Theresa May’s latest attempt to get her deal through failed, albeit by a smaller margin (58 votes).

What is going on at the moment in the UK Parliament?

Contrary to normal procedure, there are two parallel processes going on in Parliament at the moment. Theresa May and the Government are trying to get her Withdrawal Agreement through and the rest of parliament are trying to find a majority for anything. They failed at the first attempt, with another referendum coming closest even though it was heavily defeated back on 14th March. Most likely because a large number of MP’s supporting the Government is abstaining from the current parliamentary process. In a bizarre twist even if parliament found a majority for something, Theresa May could ignore it.

What are the EU doing?

The sentiment seems to be one of growing frustration amongst EU27. Albeit Leo Varadkar (Irish PM) and Michel Barnier (EU Lead negotiator) have added to the confusion stating that in the event of No-Deal that there would not be a need for Border checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland. This appears to contradict the most contentious aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement.

What appear to be the options now?

In essence, a No-Deal Brexit on the 12th April or, more likely (in our opinion) a long extension under conditions to be defined by the EU. Though there are still some lingering hopes by the Government that they might be able to get the Withdrawal agreement considering the narrowing margin of votes. Either way, Tusk has called a meeting of the European Council for the 10th April.

What has Goodwille been doing in the meantime?

Goodwille has:

  • Been developing our contacts and network within the customs industry so that we are well positioned in the event of a No-Deal exit
  • Look further into the impacts of Data Protection in the event of a No-Deal exit
  • Working with many of our clients to help prepare them and their staff for a possible Brexit
  • Getting thoroughly frustrated with the uncertainty and hoping that someone makes a decision one way or the other soon

We will continue to monitor the progress of the Brexit discussions, and will regularly send out updates via email and update our website with any recent news. Subscribe to our Brexit Newsletter to receive our updates directly to your inbox, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions on how Brexit will impact your business.


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Brexit Update from Goodwille – March 2019

With goalposts constantly moving and timings changing, we want to give you an update on the latest of the Brexit negotiations.

What are the new dates we have to contend with?

The new Brexit date is set to be 12th April 2019, assuming MV3 (third meaningful vote, i.e. parliamentary vote on Brexit) does not get passed, however there are uncertainties whether this needs to happen this week. Otherwise it will be the 22nd May 2019. There is also a possibility of a longer extension to prevent a No-Deal scenario, but this will need to come with a clear direction from the majority of Parliament.

What are the indicative votes happening today and what power do they have?

There are 7 options, which still need to be defined (soon to be announced), including everything from ‘Remain’, ‘Revoke Article 50’, ‘Another Referendum’, ’Various forms of customs union and single market access’, a ‘Free Trade Agreement’ to a ‘No-Deal’. It is worth noting that these can all be ignored by the Prime Minister, although it might lead the Parliament to take more powers back from the Government.

Is a No-Deal likely?

At Goodwille, we see the risk of a No-Deal increasingly plausible, but still not very likely to happen. This is based on the fact that the Parliament does not want a No-Deal (as voted by a majority to express no desire to exit in this manner) and neither does the EU (particularly Ireland).

Will there be a hard border in Ireland?

This remains more unclear than ever and is heavily politicised due to the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Both Leo Varadkar (Irish PM) and Michel Barnier (EU Lead Negotiator) have recently come out stating that in the event of a No-Deal, there will be no hard border and checks will be taken away from the border. Though by Barnier’s own admission, there will need to be checks on animals crossing the border. As it stands, the question of hard border and checks remains unresolved.

Do business have more certainty?

At present, we do not feel there is certainty given the question of how the UK might be leaving the EU and the date keeps getting extended.  There is also a possibility of UK not leaving EU (No Brexit) and specific details are yet to be defined by both UK and EU governments.

Which type of businesses might be most impacted by a No-Deal?

Going by communication from UK authorities, we foresee issues more significantly for those importing/exporting goods to/from the EU (mainly by freight) and also industries that are heavily regulated, such as finance or biological/medical etc. Air cargo will not be as heavily impacted due to investment in technology to improve processing of paperwork.

What can businesses do?

As frustrating as it is, assuming you have taken action on the recommended items highlighted in the previous newsletter updates, we have to wait until the Parliament has taken a final decision.

We will continue to monitor the progress of the Brexit discussions, and will regularly send out updates via email and update our website as and when we feel there is a meaningful development. Subscribe to our Brexit Newsletter to receive our updates directly to your inbox, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions on how Brexit will impact your business.


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The EU Settlement Scheme: Everything You Need to Know 

With Brexit just around the corner and a no deal looking more likely, what are the implications for EU citizens? 

Brexit is now looming uncomfortably large for everyone. For all the difficulties surrounding the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK is still due to leave the EU on 29th March 2019. However, while many of the details about how the UK will leave remain up in the air, the Government has at least confirmed that the European Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will still be implemented even in the event of a no deal.

Already being trialled in some parts of the UK, the EUSS is intended to give EU citizens in the UK a degree of certainty. It implements the citizens’ rights aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement and allows EU citizens to achieve either pre-settled or settled status.

In many ways it goes further than the withdrawal agreement, but with that agreement looking unlikely to pass parliament – at least in its current form – there may still be changes to the way it is rolled out.

Getting ready for Brexit

Goodwille, together with the expert immigration lawyers at North Star Law, have compiled in diagram format three main questions which we feel address the primary issues surrounding EU citizens’ rights in post-Brexit UK.

The diagram is aimed at both EU citizens, who are currently resident in the UK, as well as non-EU family members of an EU citizen (who is resident in the UK), and who arrives to the country before December 2020. However, although a no deal scenario would remove the transition period and mean any new arrivals would have to enter the UK by March 2019 in order to be eligible for the EUSS, we have also considered this scenario and shown what might then be done.

In either case, EU citizens living in the UK can apply for either settled or pre-settled status. Those EU citizens who have lived in the UK for less than 5 years when applying will have to apply for pre-settled status, whereas those who have lived more than 5 years in the UK will be able to apply for settled status. Moreover, the diagram also considers those persons who already hold a permanent residence document and are thinking about applying for British citizenship.

The deadline for applying for pre-settled or settled status will vary depending on whether the UK leaves with or without a deal. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, you can apply for settled or pre-settled status up until June 2021, but this is shortened to December 2020 under a no-deal scenario.

However, if you’re an Irish national, the good news is none of this applies to you. You’ll be treated as settled in the UK, but any non-EU family members will have to apply under EUSS. If you come from Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Switzerland, you are not currently covered by EUSS, but you should be by March 2019.

Applying is relatively simple and straightforward, and the government has recently announced that the application fees will be scrapped.  If you fulfil all the requirements, you should have few problems having your status confirmed, unless you have any criminal convictions. You may also have to provide additional evidence if HMRC records do not prove five years of continuous residence when applying for settled status.

We understand the uncertainty surrounding the fate of all EU citizens in the UK in a post-Brexit Britain can be distressing, and we hope our diagram will shed some light on the process, forward you to relevant sites and offer professional guidance concerning any aspects of the relevant law, and hopefully, provide you with a piece of mind.

Access the diagram HERE.

Brexit Update from Goodwille – January 2019

The last few weeks have been eventful and no doubt by the time we have completed writing this update something else will have happened. Either way, we thought this was a good time to provide an update after all the events last week and highlight any actions that you can do right now, while Parliament works out what kind of deal can get passed through.

What happened in the hast 10 days

  • May’s Withdrawal Agreement defeated emphatically, with the Irish Backstop being the main culprit
  • May survived a no-confidence motion to remain PM
  • A faction of Parliament moving to block a No-Deal in March
  • May’s Plan B was very much a repeat of her Plan A
  • May announced that EU nationals will not have to pay for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) / will not have to pay to obtain “Settled” or “Pre-Settled Status”
  • The Government is now working to see what can get through parliament

What some import/export businesses have been doing preparing for possibility of No-Deal

  1. Stockpiling 6 months’ worth of goods
  2. Acting on HMRC Guidance, by applying for a UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number. Please get in touch with us if you would like help with this.
  3. Contacting the organisation that moves your goods to ensure they have all the information they need for your products.

We are also looking into the best way to ensure import/export declarations will be done for you in the event of No-Deal Brexit.

What steps have we taken for Goodwille EU National staff

With many of our staff being EU nationals, we want to do our utmost to support them and inform them on their rights and status in the UK post-Brexit. Following our guidance we have:

  • Conducted a review of staff whose status will be affected post-Brexit.
  • Worked with immigration expert partners to keep staff updated on Brexit and relevant changes.
  • Made a commitment to support them through the process.

As we know that many of our clients employ EU Nationals, we have created a diagram which shows the different options available for securing their status in the UK post-Brexit. Access our diagram here to read more about the EUSS and EU residence rights in the UK after Brexit.

What we have been reading

All corners of Parliament are now working to see what kind of deal could be agreed on, including promoting their own deals contrary to parliamentary precedence of only the Government presenting legislation. Patience is wearing thin on both sides of the English Channel, and Theresa May’s Government still unwilling to budge on it’s “red lines”, coupled with a large faction of MP’s seeking to avoid a No-Deal Brexit. There is a lot still to be achieved in the next 65 days and still not much detail on what a No-Deal looks like for UK businesses. We shall continue to keep you updated on key events.

We will continue to monitor the progress of the Brexit discussions, and will regularly send out updates via email and update our website with any recent news. Subscribe to our Brexit Newsletter to receive our updates directly to your inbox, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions on how Brexit will impact your business.


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