Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

The Government has published a new website tool for businesses to help them prepare for the UK's exit from the European Union.

The website tool includes information on:

  • Employing EU Citizens
  • Importing, exporting and transporting
  • Operating in the EU
  • Regulation and standards for products and goods
  • Using personal data
  • European and domestic funding
  • Intellectual property
  • Energy and climate
  • Public sector procurement (although this relates to arrangements in the event of No Deal and, principally, internal UK arrangements for projects over the current OJEU threshold)

There is also more detailed guidance for sectors such as construction if you answer the seven questions that are asked.

All information is available to view here

Some of the most construction industry relevant notices are:

Arguably the most critical areas for businesses to prepare on/for are:

  • Offering to help any EU staff you employ secure settled status in the UK
  • If any of your supplies cross borders, check your contracts to see who is responsible for paying any tariffs and absorbing the risk of delay
  • If you own any intellectual property, make sure you secure an EU trade mark or community design registration
  • Check to see if you're moving any customer data across borders. You may need to take steps to ensure these transfers can continue post-Brexit
  • If you import or export goods to and from the EU, make sure you are registered for an Economic Operator and Registration Number

*It should be noted that a substantial amount of the advice above would either be changed significantly and/or not necessary in the event that the UK leaves the EU with a deal. To this end, an explainer of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement that is currently being debated in Parliament is available here*