Business Advice

Preparing for Brexit


As things stand, the UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on 31 October 2019. If the UK and EU ratify the withdrawal agreement before then, the UK will leave on the first day of the following month.

Businesses are being encouraged to prepare for Brexit as it may have an effect on the way businesses operate beyond the exit date.

Businesses are encouraged to refer to the Prepare for Brexit website which provides all Scottish businesses with advice and information to help businesses prepare for Brexit.

Take a look at the toolkit which includes support on the following:

  • A self-assessment tool
  • Access to a range of advisers
  • A Brexit checklist of 15 ways you can prepare your business
  • Event, workshop and networking information
  • Information on funding support to help develop and implement Brexit plans
  • Links to the latest UK Government advice to businesses

The HM Government website provides information and advice on the following:

  • 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

Gov.uk has published the HMRC impact assessment for the movement of goods if the UK leaves the EU without a deal (second edition), updated 25 February 2019.

If your organisation uses a .EU domain name and is based within the UK, you should be aware that Brexit will affect the continued validity of such domain names and you must ensure that you have a contingency plan in place to deal with the consequences of the UK’s departure from the EU in this respect.

The information provided above was accurate at time of publication. 

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