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The negotiations around Britain's withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continues to be one of the dominant features of the UK political landscape.

The BCC's research and lobbying work has focused on the practical impacts on firms of the decision to leave the EU. The BCC is campaigning for clarity on the nature of the future relationship with the EU, and answers to the pragmatic concerns of businesses.

Our research and analysis below is intended to distill the complexity of the political process, and assess what the negotiations and agreements mean in practical terms for businesses.


Brexit Agreement FAQs

Brexit Agreement FAQs

On 14 November the UK and European Commission jointly published an updated version of the draft Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and outline Political Declaration (PD). These documents represent the agreements reached by the UK's and EU's negotiating teams.

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.

Our priority is to assess the implications of these proposals, working closely with Chamber business communities across the UK.

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Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration

Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration

On 25th November 2018, the UK and European Commission agreed the text of the UK Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and Political Declaration (PD).

The BCC has analysed the level of clarity for business that the proposed Brexit agreements provide on the key areas covered by our Risk Register and Business Brexit Checklist.

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Brexit: 24 practical questions that businesses need answers to

Brexit: 24 practical questions that businesses need answers to

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has 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.

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Business Brexit Checklist

Business Brexit Checklist

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 Brexit 'health check', and a broader test of existing business plans.


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Six months to Brexit: Investment and recruitment would be cut in the event of ‘no deal’

Six months to Brexit: Investment and recruitment would be cut in the event of ‘no deal’

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with independent business funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has conducted one of the biggest surveys of business opinion since the referendum, amassing the views of over 2,500 firms from across the UK.

We found that nearly two-thirds of firms still aren’t preparing for Brexit – and in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome many would cut investment and recruitment plans.

  • A fifth of businesses surveyed (21%) will cut investment if there is ‘no deal’, 20% will move part or all of their business to the EUand 18% will cut recruitment – but in the event of a status quo transition these numbers fall dramatically
  • 62% of firms still haven’t completed a Brexit risk assessment


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Find out more about our Brexit work:

Find out more about our Brexit work:


The negotiations around the UK’s withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continues to be one of the dominant features of the UK political landscape.
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BCC comments on government response to Taylor Review

Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns at the BCC, comments on the government's response to Matthew Taylor's 'Good Work' report.

BCC sets out concerns to Prime Minister ahead of publication of Immigration White Paper

Director General Adam Marshall writes to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for a post-Brexit immigration system that works for all businesses and the wider economy.

How can the High Value Manufacturing Catapult help your business?

David Riches from the BCC writes about how the High Value Manufacturing Catapult can help businesses innovate and grow.

BCC: Time to put political games to bed

Director General Adam Marshall comments in the aftermath of the vote of confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May.