Preparing for Brexit
The Chamber network is focused on the practicalities of Brexit for business communities across the UK. Since the decision to leave the EU, the BCC has campaigned for answers to the pragmatic concerns of business.
The UK government and the European Commission must focus on the future trading relationship – and swiftly conclude a deal that minimises further adjustment costs and that answers the many practical questions that trading businesses still face.
On behalf of the Chamber network, the BCC has put together resources to help businesses prepare for the change and to assess the progress of the negotiations.
Business Brexit Checklist
While some companies are already planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chambers of Commerce believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Brexit ‘health check’, and a broader test of existing business plans.
While the final settlement between the UK and EU remains to be agreed, there are steps that firms of all sizes can take now to start planning for the future. Our Business Brexit Checklist below will help companies consider the changes that Brexit may bring, and help to plan at both operational and Board level.
Brexit Risk Register
The BCC has also published the two-dozen top real-world questions being asked on Brexit by businesses across the UK, where clarity is urgently needed so that firms can plan their trade following the UK’s departure from the EU.
As negotiations progress, Chambers of Commerce will be assessing progress against these questions. To date, businesses have had some assurances on the status of EU nationals in the UK workforce and on the industrial standards regime – hence the ‘amber’ ratings for these two issues.
Key unanswered questions for a 'no-deal' scenario
Businesses do not want a messy and disorderly exit, but with a ‘no-deal’ scenario still possible, firms need clear and precise answers to the many questions this would pose for their business. The British Chambers of Commerce has campaigned strongly for clarity and forward planning and have compiled questions that capture the key uncertainties faced by businesses now.
Withdrawal Agreement FAQ
Following the publication of the Withdrawal Agreement, the BCC has put together a FAQ on the agreement and the likely next steps in the process.
Government has issued the following sectoral guidance documents which outline preparations for the UK leaving in a no-deal scenario.
Government has issued the following cross-border trade documents which outline preparations for the UK leaving in a no-deal scenario.