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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.


Unanswered questions on no deal

Unanswered questions on no deal

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a list of twenty critical questions that remain unanswered for business in the unwelcome event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on March 29.

With less than 50 days to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the publication highlights the many key issues that are still unclear for businesses in a ‘no deal’ scenario on March 29 – from what trade agreements will be in place with countries around the globe, to whether and how firms can move skilled staff between the UK and EU, and which regulations they will need to follow.

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Brexit Agreement FAQs

Brexit Agreement FAQs

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

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Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration Analysis

Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration Analysis

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, two issues have been marked green, seven remain amber and fifteen are still red - indicating no clarity with which to plan for the future.

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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:

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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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Key Future of Work Trends for 2019 and Beyond: Embrace New Dynamics & Create New Experiences

Dell Small Business are proud sponsors of the 2019 Best Use of Technology Chamber Business Award Category. This week they write about The Future of Work and explore how emerging technologies and demographic changes are impacting work and the way it is done.

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), comments on the inflation statistics for June 2019, published today by the Office for National Statistics.

BCC comments on GDP and trade statistics

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), comments on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS.

BCC and Indeed: Immigration proposals could exacerbate labour shortages

Over half of UK businesses with staff from outside the UK would be negatively impacted by government proposals for the UK’s future immigration system, according to new research released today (Tuesday) by the British Chambers of Commerce and global job site Indeed.