• An information campaign urging the public to “get ready for Brexit” has been launched by the government.
The campaign began on Sunday with the launch of a website, gov.uk/brexit
Billboards and social media adverts will appear in the coming days and TV adverts will air later this month.
- BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q1 2019: Business hits the brakes – Read here
- BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q1 2019: Business hits the brakes – Read here
- BCC comments on latest Brexit developments – Read here
- BCC Forecast: UK economy to falter further as Brexit uncertainty bites – Read here
- BCC comments on Article 50 vote: Businesses still in the danger zone – Read here
- BCC comments on no-deal Brexit vote – Read here
- BCC comments on Spring Statement – Read here
- BCC comments on no-deal tariff proposals – Read here
- BCC: UK must avoid messy and disorderly exit on March 29th – Read here
- BCC: UK economy continuing to slow under weight of Brexit uncertainty – Read here
- BCC comments on workers’ rights proposals – Read here
- BCC comments on Prime Minister’s statement – Read here
- BCC: Government must act now to prevent ‘no deal’ by default on 29th March – Read here
- BCC: Another day, another delay – Read here
- BCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements – Read here
- BCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters – Read here
- BCC comments on GDP and trade figures – Read here
- BCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs – Read here
- BCC comments on no deal customs announcement – Read here
- BCC: Another day lost while the clock is ticking – Read here
- Government portal for no deal Brexit – https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk
- Adam Marshal: A disorderly no-deal Brexit will drive business to desperate measures (source:The Guardian) – Read here
- BCC: immigration proposals could leave UK businesses with their ‘hands tied’ – Read here
- BCC sets out concerns to Prime Minister ahead of publication of Immigration White paper – Read here
- British business says no to no-deal in 100 days’ time – Read here
- BCC: Time to put political games to bed – Read here
- BCC: Westminster should be focused on needs of the country – Read here
- BCC: Business intensely frustrated by yet another delay – Read here
- BCC: Brexit uncertainty weighing on the economy and trade – Read here
- BCC: No deal advice on EU citizens long overdue – Read here
- BCC: Migration figures are nothing to celebrate – Read here
- BCC comments on EU Summit agreement – Read here
- BCC comments on UK-EU Political Declaration – Read here
- BCC comments on Brexit agreement – Read here
- Budget 2018: Full BCC reaction to Autumn Budget and OBR forecast – Read here
- Initial BCC reaction to Budget 2018: A shot in the arm for business investment and growth – Read here
- BCC: This cannot be ‘business as usual’ Chancellor – Read here
- No-deal Brexit will impact on both sides of the Channel, say BCC and Northern European Chambers – Read here
- BCC: Ease Brexit uncertainty to boost innovation through trade – Read here
- BCC comments on latest batch of no-deal technical notices – Read here
- BCC, NI Chamber, Chambers ireland: Businesses across GB, NI and Irelend need speed and precision injected into – Read here
- BCC comments on Prime Minister’s conference speech – Read here
- BCC initial reaction to the Government’s post-Brexit immigration plans – Read here
- BCC reacts to Chancellor’s speech – Read here
Brexit Risk Register – Updated 27 September 2018
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.
- BCC comments on PM Bloomberg speech in New York – Read here
- BCC: Six months to Brexit: Major new BCC survey finds investment and recruitment would be cut in the event of ‘no deal’ – Read here
- BCC comments on latest ‘no deal’ technical notices – Read here
- BCC responds to PM statement on Brexit negotiations – Read here
Links to publications from UK government and the EU, with further links to a lot more information:
- How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal – click here
- Brexit preparedness – click here
- Preparedness notices – click here
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published the two-dozen top real-world questions being asked on Brexit by businesses across the UK – and says the government has managed to make limited progress on just 2 of the 23 issues where clarity is urgently needed so that firms can plan their trade following the UK’s departure from the EU.
In the aftermath of June’s European Council summit – with little progress made in narrowing the gap between the two sides – and ahead of Cabinet deliberations later this week on the UK’s negotiating stance, the BCC warns that continued uncertainty on firms’ day-to-day P&L questions is causing a significant slowdown in business investment.
The leading business organisation is calling on the UK government to draw a line under internal political debate and deliver urgent clarity on the practical, detailed issues that underpin trade – or face a continued deterioration in investment intentions and confidence as the clock ticks down to the October deadline to complete the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement.
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. All others remain red, including:
- On Tax, whether a business will need to pay VAT on goods at point of import, and will services firms need to be registered in every EU Members State where it has clients
- On Tariffs, what Rules of Origin firms will have to comply with to receive preferential tariff rates
- On Customs, whether goods will be subject to new procedures, and delayed at border checkpoints
- On Regulation, whether checks on goods conducted in the UK will be recognised by the EU
- On Mobility, whether businesses will be able to transfer staff between the EU and the UK using the same processes as currently
- On R&D projects, whether UK businesses will be able to participate in EU projects after 2020
BCC warns that time is of the essence – with many firms making contingency plans or considering investment alternatives. The full list of 23 priorities is available from the BCC’s press office.
Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“Over the past two years, businesses have been patient. We have supported the government’s drive to seek the best possible deal for the UK economy. We have given time, expertise and real-world experience to support hard-pressed civil service negotiators. We have convened all across the UK to ensure that every business community’s Brexit concerns can be heard by elected representatives and officials.
“Now, with the time running out ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, business patience is reaching breaking point.
“Businesses have every right to speak out when it is abundantly clear that the practical questions affecting the competitiveness of their firms and the livelihoods of millions of people remain unanswered. With less than nine months go to until Brexit day, we are little closer to the answers businesses need than we were the day after the referendum.
“It’s time for politicians to stop the squabbling and the Westminster point-scoring – and start putting the national economic interest first. These are not ‘siren voices’ or special interests. They are the practical, real-world concerns of businesses of every size and sector, in every part of the UK.”
The British Chambers of Commerce has created a Business Brexit checklist to help businesses consider the changes that leaving the EU may bring to their firm.The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector. Chambers of Commerce believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Breixt ‘health check’, and a broader test of existing business plans.
Businesses don’t have to navigate Brexit alone.