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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.


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 developments in the Brexit process mean in practical terms for businesses.


BCC study shows major gaps in official Brexit guidance for businesses in the event of ‘no deal’

BCC study shows major gaps in official Brexit guidance for businesses in the event of ‘no deal’

The British Chambers of Commerce today publishes an evaluation of official UK Government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31st October.

The leading business group has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insufficient information available to plan thoroughly for a ‘no deal’ outcome.


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BCC survey shows potential impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on UK business investment, recruitment intentions

BCC survey shows potential impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on UK business investment, recruitment intentions

The British Chambers of Commerce publishes new research demonstrating some of the potential real-world consequences of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the 31st of October.

A survey of over 1,500 companies by the leading business group - covering of all sizes and sectors of business, across the UK - found that in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit on 31st October, nearly a quarter of firms surveyed (24%) say they would revise investment plans down, while just 4% would revise up.71% of respondents did not state that they would revise investment plans.

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Business still unable to prepare fully for a no deal Brexit

Business still unable to prepare fully for a no deal Brexit

New research from the British Chambers of Commerce shows a concerningly high number of UK firms aren’t ready for a no deal Brexit. Business has consistently called on government to avoid a messy and disorderly exit but in light of the political turmoil and relentless uncertainty, clearer and more consistent information is needed to help them prepare.

The survey of over 1,500 firms from across the country, found that in the midst of conflicting political messages over the likelihood of no deal and remaining gaps in government guidance, two-fifths (41%) of UK businesses have not done a Brexit risk assessment.

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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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BCC comments on proposals for new UK immigration system

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the government's policy proposals for a points-based immigration system.

BCC comments on ONS labour market data

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the ONS labour market figures for February 2020.

BCC/DHL: Trade negotiations must unlock potential of struggling exporters

Exporters continued to tread water through the final quarter of 2019 according to the largest independent survey of UK firms, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL Express.

BCC comments on ONS Q4 2019 GDP statistics

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on ONS GDP statistics for Q4 2019.