Preparing for the UK's exit from the European Union

The Growth Hub is here to guide you through whatever lies ahead, leaving the EU will mean most UK businesses should expect change. There will be new arrangements and changes in law. Use this information to understand how this affects your business and what you can do to prepare for the UK's exit from the EU. To make sure that the voices of our businesses are heard in Westminster, we need to hear from you, please do take our Brexit Survey.

Get ready for Brexit

The UK will leave the EU on the 31 October 2019.

Find out how you and your business should prepare

Check out what you need to do

Employing EU citizens

Changes to areas including movement of people, settled status and qualifications

Importing, exporting and transporting

Changes to areas including importing or exporting goods, moving goods across borders, haulage permits, customs and tax.

Operating in the EU

Changes to area if your business operates in the European Union

Regulation and Standards for products and goods

Changes to areas if you sell physical products or goods in the UK

Using personal data

Changes to using personal data you store or get from another EU country

European and domestic funding

Changes to funding for areas including research and higher education, social and structural development and sector-specific funds

Intellectual property

Changes to area including copyrights, trademarks and patents

Energy and climate

Changes to areas including energy, renewables, the nuclear industry and regulated carbon emissions

Public sector procurement

Changes to areas including government contracts


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Other resources

Additional information, external links and documents to help you prepare.


Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU


A tool to help you find the relevant documentation to preparing for a No Deal
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The government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes if there’s no Brexit deal


How UK organisations such as charities, businesses and universities who receive EU funding would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’.

Guarantee for EU-funded programmes
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The Economic Effects of the government’s proposed Brexit Deal


This report estimates the economic effects of the government’s proposed Brexit deal that was first published on 14 November 2018

The Economic Effects of the government’s proposed Brexit Deal
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Customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes you need to know about if there is no deal


If the UK exits the EU without a deal, UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to goods traded with the EU, in broadly the same way that already applies for goods traded outside of the EU.

Customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes
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HMRC impact assessment for the movement of goods if the UK leaves the EU without a deal


Leaving the EU without a negotiated settlement is not the government’s preferred outcome, but it is essential that the UK is prepared for all possible eventualities on customs, VAT and excise arrangements.

HMRC impact assessment
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New research shows economic and fiscal consequences of the Brexit deal


New research by experts at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE), King’s College London and the Institute for Fiscal Studies has modelled the economic and fiscal consequences of Brexit.

New research shows economic and fiscal consequences of the Brexit deal
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Exiting the European Union: Publications


Collection of documents published to support understanding and assessment of the agreement we have reached with the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Publications
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Ferry or Channel Tunnel operators moving goods between the UK and the EU - what to expect on day one of a 'no deal' scenario


The trade that you carry out with the EU will broadly follow the customs controls that apply for the rest of the world. So you will need to adapt your business to comply with these new systems, processes and controls.

Ferry or Channel Tunnel operators moving goods between the UK and the EU
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Brexit Related Events


'Get Ready for Brexit' - Morning Session

Swindon , United Kingdom
Workshed, London Street

Is your business ready for Brexit? - 'Get Ready for Brexit' Swindon Event

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the 31 October 2019 and your business will need to take action to get ready. 

Attend this free Brexit Business Readiness Event in Swindon to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare.

The event will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help.

Get free help and advice to get your business ready for Brexit.



A typical agenda will look like:

Registration and networking
Visit our advice stands: Get direct advice and support from government advisers to understand what your business may need to do to prepare for Brexit, what’s changing in your industry, and information on specific rules and regulations. Get support on areas including:  
  • Importing from the EU
  • Exporting to the EU
  • Providing services or doing business in the EU
  • Employing EU citizens
  • Transferring personal data
  • Support available in your local area
Keynote Address: Get Ready for Brexit 
Businesses should take practical steps to ensure they are prepared for Brexit. Join this session to:
  • understand what’s changing for business
  • get clear advice on the practical steps and actions that you can take, and 
  • find out more about the resources and support available to help you to get ready
Insight seminars: Hear from subject matter experts on areas such as
  • Import, export and customs for Business
  • Employers of EU citizens
  • Trading with countries internationally and Brexit
  • Prepare your business for Brexit – food and drink; farming; fisheries; waste, chemicals and trade
  • Prepare your energy business for Brexit
  • Trade in services – preparing for Brexit
  • Data protection and Brexit
  • Intellectual property and Brexit



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