Exiting the EU (Brexit)

Exiting the EU Updates

9th April 2019

What the food and drink industry needs to know about preparing for a no deal EU exit - click below

4th April 2019 

Preparing businesses for EU Exit by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs 



The Brexit Deal explained

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union – fulfilling the democratic decision taken by the British public.

We have achieved a deal with the EU that delivers on that decision, a deal the nation can unite behind and one that Parliament should back.

It is time to get on with it.

If we back this Brexit Deal, it means:

  • We will control our own borders and end free movement once and for all
  • We will protect jobs with a deal that is good for our economy
  • We will no longer send vast sums of money to the EU so we can spend more on our priorities, like investing in our long term plan for the NHS
  • We will be able to strike free trade deals around the world
  • We will take back control of our laws, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK
  • We will keep people safe against crime, terrorism and other threats by working closely with European countries
  • And we will protect the integrity of our United Kingdom

However, if we reject this deal, we will go back to square one. This would mean:

  • Damaging uncertainty which will threaten jobs, investment and the economy
  • More division
  • Less time to focus on the issues that matter here at home, like the NHS and our schools

So this is the choice: Backing the deal in the national interest so we can build a brighter future – or going back to square one by rejecting it.

However you voted, now is the time to come together. It is time to get on with it.

A useful leaflet on preparing for changes at the UK border if there is a no deal EU Exit can now be viewed here

An important update from the Department for Exiting the EU, with technical notice links, dated 24th August 2018, can now be seen here

An important letter from the Home Secretary to the British Chambers of Commerce concerning EU nationals and dated 21st December 2017 can now be seen here

Please visit this page regularly for updates from the Department for Exiting the European Union. These are shown in reverse order as listed:

24th August 2018, 19th March 20182nd March 201822nd February 20189th February 201826th January 2018 (Open Letter), 26th January 2018, 8th December 201713th November 201729th September 2017, 8th September 2017, 1st September 2017, 25th August 2017, 16th August 2017, 21st July 2017

The British Chambers of Commerce Director General, Dr. Adam Marshall, recently wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the immigration status of EU citizens living and working in the UK. His letter and the response that he received are here. 

Also here are the latest press releases from British Chambers of Commerce. These are shown in reverse order as listed:

23rd March 2018, UK and EU must now deliver answers to practical questions

2nd March 2018, BCC comments on Theresa May Brexit speech: positive ambition – now for the detail

26th February 2018, BCC comments on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech

12th October 2017, British Chambers of Commerce Director General Adam Marshall’s keynote speech from International Trade Summit

28th August 2017, BCC and DIHK: Joint UK-German call to put shared economic interests first in Brexit negotiations

21st August 2017, BCC comments on government position paper on continuity in availability of goods

Finally, messages from The Customs Stakeholder Engagement Team are shown in reverse order as listed:

Publication of Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, dated 21st November 2017

Message from The Customs Stakeholder Engagement Team, dated 9th October 2017

Details of Future customs arrangements: a future partnership paper, dated 15th August 2017 



More detailed guidance for both the food and drink and farming sectors is kept up to date on gov.uk:  •Food and drink sector page includes information on:•New systems if you buy from or export to the EU, including registering for an EORI number•The 12 month temporary tariff schedule •Replacement trade agreements with non-EU countries •Changes to marketing standards, data protection and chemical regulations•Settlement scheme for EU employees •Farming sector page includes information on:•Farm payments and EU funding•Changes if you buy from or export to the EU, including registering for an EORI number•Changes to fertilisers, pesticides and chemicals regulations •Settlement scheme for EU employees and guidance on seasonal workers•The 12 month temporary tariff schedule •Replacement trade agreements with non-EU countries •Food labelling page includes information on:•Organics and protected geographical indicators (GIs)•Health marks, Country of Origin and Food Business Operator addresses •Please note: the EU has now published their guidance (summarised at the above link). Please ensure you have read it carefully if you export to the EU. Please share this information with your members to help them prepare for a no deal scenario.