Prepare your business for leaving the EU

The government has issued some guidance on how leaving the EU may affect your business.

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This information will help you understand how leaving the EU may affect your business. Visit GOV.UK for full guidance to help you to prepare.


Latest updates

Latest updates and guidance on EU Exit from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)and the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC).


► Announcements and new guidance on EU Exit


Guidance tools for different sectors

Government recently published information for businesses on several key themes affecting businesses  and has included some up to date guidance and tools for different business sectors.

► Vets

► Farming

► Fishing

► Chemicals

► Food and drink

► Trade


If you import or export

There may be changes to UK-EU trade at the UK border including on customs, tariffs and VAT. Take the first step to prepare now.


Apply for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification number to continue to trade with the EU

► Check your responsibilities for making customs declarations


If you transfer personal data into the UK

There may be changes to how you send or receive personal data from international partners, including in the EEA.


► Find out more about using personal data after Brexit

► Follow the Information Commissioner's Office's '6 steps to take'


If you provide services or operate in the EU

There may be new rules you need to comply with if you operate in EU/EEA countries. This could affect your business if:


  • You have a branch(es) in the EU
  • You operate in a service sector within the EU
  • You're planning a merger with an EU company
  • You or your employees travel to EU/EEA countries for business

Check the regulations for the EU/EEA countries you operate in, including visa requirements, to understand how changes could affect your business.


If you sell manufactured goods

Your business may need to:

Check regulatory requirements for UK and EU markets, including labelling, approvals and testing


If you employ EU citizens

You will still be able to employ EU citizens as you do now and be required to continue to conduct the same right to work checks. You will not need to take any immediate action.


► Read the Employer Toolkit for further details on employing EU citizens


If you receive European funding

The government has guaranteed any funding secured through EU programmes until the end of 2020.


Find out more about a specific fund


If you hold intellectual property

There may be changes that affect copyright, patents, designs and trade marks.


► Read IP and Brexit: The Facts for full information from the Intellectual Property Office


Next actions

The EU Exit tool will help you to make detailed plans based on the profile of your business.

Step 1 Access the tool

Step 2 Answer some simple questions about your business

Step 3 Read the actions to take that are relevant to your business and sign up for email alerts to stay updated


Additional information

Visit Prepare your Business for EU Exit for more information and to sign up for regular updates


What support is available for my small business? - GOV.UK advice