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Government has issued the following sectoral guidance documents which outline preparations for the UK leaving in a no-deal scenario.

Aerospace

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have issued guidance if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect your business. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-aerospace-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Automotive

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The regulations setting vehicle standards will not change at the moment, however, there are changes regarding type-approval certification, which will affect vehicle manufacturers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-automotive-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Aviation

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Guidance on working and operating in the aviation industry. Working and operating in the aviation industry: after the UK leaves the EU https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-work-and-operate-in-the-european-aviation-sector-after-brexit

The Department for Transport have published updated guidance on aviation security for passengers and cargo if there’s a no deal Brexit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/aviation-security-for-passengers-and-cargo-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

The government has set out how it will reciprocate to EU airlines the rights granted to UK airlines by the regulation. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/air-services-from-the-eu-to-the-uk-in-the-event-of-no-deal

Banking, insurance and other financial services

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The Treasury Department have published updated guidance on banking, insurance and other financial services if there’s no Brexit deal: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/banking-insurance-and-other-financial-services-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Chemicals

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals will have to register under UK REACH. See guidance at HSE and http://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/reach.htm DEFRA Regulating Chemicals:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulating-chemicals-reach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/regulating-chemicals-reach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and you are a company that makes, supplies or uses chemicals, there may be changes that affect your business. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-chemicals-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Competition Markets Authority

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(CMA) published a consultation on their functions, relating to mergers, antitrust and consumer protection processes, in a no deal scenario: CMA Consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/effects-of-a-no-deal-eu-exit-on-the-functions-of-the-cma

Construction Products

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Practical information on the legal requirements MHCLG Construction Products Regulation: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/construction-products-regulation-if-there-is-no-brexit-deal

Consumer Goods

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After the UK leaves the EU the results of conformity assessment carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU.

This means you must get your products assessed and marked by an EU recognised conformity assessment body if you want to sell them in the EU. You could also arrange for assessments to be transferred to an EU-recognised body before the UK leaves the EU.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-consumer-goods-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Data Protection

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Guidance to help businesses and charities continue to comply with data protection law: DCMS: Data Protection: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/data-protection-and-brexit-is-your-organisation-prepared

Drivers

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Guidance for private and commercial drivers DFT: Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit#history

Ecommerce

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Guidance on the Directive: DCMS eCommerce Directive: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ecommerce-eu-exit-guidance


Electricity including Renewables

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, cross-border flows across electricity interconnectors will no longer be governed by EU legislation. Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-electricity-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Electronics, Machinery and Parts

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After the UK leaves the EU the results of conformity assessment carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU. Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-electronics-machinery-and-parts-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Endangered Species

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New rules for businesses that trade or move endangered animals or plants or their products. See Defra Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trading-and-moving-endangered-species-protected-by-cites-if-theres-no-withdrawal-deal

Energy

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When the UK leaves the EU there may be changes to areas including energy renewables, the nuclear industry and regulated carbon emissions.

BEIS summary of summary guidance on Energy and Climate after Brexit

BEIS fourth quarterly update to Parliament of the government’s progress on the UK’s exit from the Euratom Treaty: Euratom Exit Quarterly Update

DEFRA guidance on how businesses can continue to trade and deal in fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances in the UK and EU if there’s no EU withdrawal deal: Fluorinated Gases and Ozone Depleting Substances


Farming, food and drink sectors

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Detailed guidance for the food and drink and farming sectors is kept up to date on gov.uk. There are also similar pages for the vets and chemicals sectors.

Food and drink sector page includes information on:

  • New systems if you buy from or export to the EU, including registering for an EORI number
  • The 12 month temporary tariff schedule
  • Replacement trade agreements with non-EU countries
  • Changes to marketing standards, data protection and chemical regulations
  • Settlement scheme for EU employees

Farming sector page includes information on:

  • Farm payments and EU funding
  • Changes if you buy from or export to the EU, including registering for an EORI number
  • Changes to fertilisers, pesticides and chemicals regulations
  • Settlement scheme for EU employees and guidance on seasonal workers
  • The 12 month temporary tariff schedule
  • Replacement trade agreements with non-EU countries

Food labelling page includes information on:

  • Organics and protected geographical indicators (GIs)
  • Health marks, Country of Origin and Food Business Operator addresses
  • Please note: the EU has now published their guidance (summarised at the above link), which is stricter than anticipated. Please ensure you have read it carefully if you export to the EU.

If your business imports or exports animals and/or animal products, you may need to follow new rules and apply for new documentation.

DEFRA released a 60 second video for the agriculture & food industry in a no deal EU Exit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9G_5mAEfNo

If the UK leaves without a deal, your business will no longer be able to use the EU’s TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) to notify the UK authorities about an import. You will need to register for the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) to import from third countries on EU exit Day 1. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have published guidance on how to use the UK’s new notification system to import animals and animal products from non-EU countries https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-of-products-animals-food-and-feed-system-ipaffs-guidance

If the UK leaves without a deal and your business transports animals, fish, shellfish, or crustaceans from the UK to the EU, you will need an export health certificate. Guidance from the APHA on how to apply for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exporting-animals-animal-products-fish-and-fishery-products-to-the-eu-after-eu-exit

UK businesses exporting products of animal origin to EU and non-EU will need to ensure they have the correct health and identification marks. For guidance on this, and all other government guidance relating to businesses that deal in food or animal feed, please check the Food Standards Agency Brexit page here: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/prepare-your-business-for-the-uk-leaving-the-eu

If you have further questions directly relating to ‘no deal’ imports and exports of live animals, products of animal origin, and high risk food and feed, please contact the Defra enquiries mailbox at: [email protected]

After the UK leaves the EU, the process for notifying the UK authorities for imports of animals, animal products, food and feed will change. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have published guidance on what will and will not change can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-animals-animal-products-and-high-risk-food-and-feed-not-of-animal-origin-after-eu-exit

Gas Markets

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the mechanisms of cross-border trade for gas are not expected to fundamentally change. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gas-markets-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Health and Care Sector

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The Department of Health and Social Care have published updated guidance for industry and organisations involved in health and care about contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/planning-for-a-possible-no-deal-eu-exit-information-for-the-health-and-care-sector


Life Sciences

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Guidance from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-life-sciences-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Mining and non-metal manufacturing

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Guidance from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mining-the-manufacturing-of-non-metals-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Nuclear

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When the UK leaves the EU, the overall framework for controls on nuclear-related items will not change, however further guidance is available from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-nuclear-sector-and...

Oil and Gas Production

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Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on oil and gas production and preparing for EU Exit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/oil-and-gas-production-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Parcel Delivery Services

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Guidance from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/parcel-delivery-services-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Pesticides

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Businesses that produce pesticides will need to take action to be able to supply new pesticides to the UK and EU markets. See Defra Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-government-guidance-encourages-pesticides-industry-to-prepare-for-eu-exit

Professional Business services

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Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the professional and business services sector and preparing for EU Exit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-professional-and-business-services-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Public Procurement Policy

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Retail

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Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the retail sector and preparing for EU Exit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-retail-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Research & Innovation

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect your business, university, research institute or other research organisation.

Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on research and innovation and preparing for EU Exit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-science-research-and-innovation-sector-and-preparing-for-a-no-deal-eu-exit

Road Haulage

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Preparations to allow hauliers and other businesses to continue to transport goods between the UK and the EU, including under a no deal scenario https://bit.ly/2Gc2WHd

Space

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Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on space and preparing for EU Exit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-space-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

Steel and metal manufacturing

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Guidance from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/steel-and-other-metal-...

Veterinary Sector

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The veterinary sector and preparing for EU Exit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-veterinary-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit