West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, along with our national network within the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), remains impartial with regards to Brexit and instead is focused on the practicalities for business. Since the EU referendum was held in 2016, your Chamber and 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 agree a deal that minimises further adjustment costs and also answers the many practical questions that trading businesses still face. Resources are available to help businesses prepare for the change and to assess the progress of the negotiations.
Business Brexit Checklist (updated October 2019)
We 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 a final settlement between the UK and EU remains to be agreed, there are steps that all firms can take to start planning for the future. BCC’s ‘Business Brexit Checklist’ below will help companies consider the changes that Brexit may bring, and help to plan at both operational and Board level.
Are you fully trained for Brexit
Colleagues at Chamber International are delivering training to help businesses prepare for Brexit. You can find more detail here
Preparations for ‘no-deal’ Brexit
The Chamber has concerns that, as of September 2019, a number of questions remain unanswered in advance of a no-deal scenario. The full list of questions can be downloaded here: BCC No-deal Guidance Dashboard
Government launches its ‘Prepare for EU Exit’ hub
On 8 January 2019 the government launched a new hub for no deal Brexit information on the .gov.uk hub, which has dedicated sections for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK. This is accompanied by a new awareness raising campaign via radio and social media. The webpages include a tool for filtering the technical notices, partnership packs and other guidance based on company sector
The Government’s ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ advice website is available here.