Preparing your business for Brexit

04 September 2019

This page links you to the key information available from the UK Government on Brexit.

What businesses need to do

The UK Government launched a ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign for businesses and individuals to prepare for a possible no-deal scenario. The dedicated website takes users through a stepped questionnaire that will tailor information to suit you and your business, detailing the actions you will need to take.

EU nationals working in the tourism industry

In the event of a no-deal, the UK Government and EU have agreed to protect the jobs and interests of EU nationals who are living and working in the UK.

EU nationals living and working in the UK are being encouraged to sign up to the to the EU Settlement Scheme. Other advice can be found on the UK Government Visas and Immigration website.

Download EU settlement employer toolkit from Gov.uk

Changes to managing data in a no-deal scenario

While there will be no immediate changes in the UK’s own data protection law and high data protection standards, you will need to make changes if your business operates across the EEA and/or exchanges personal data with partners in the EEA. 

If your organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, you should review your contracts and, where absent, include Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) or other Alternative Transfer Mechanisms (ATM) to ensure that you can continue to legally receive personal data from the EU/EEA.

For most organisations, especially SMEs, taking the required action isn’t costly and doesn’t always require specialist advice. 

To find out what you need to do visit Gov.uk and take the questionnaire. 

Advice for visitors

Britain continues to provide a world-class visitor experience and welcome for the millions of visitors who travel here each year.

The UK Government has confirmed flights will continue to run smoothly after the UK leaves the EU on 31 October, whatever the circumstances. This ensures UK airlines can continue to operate to Europe, providing industry and holidaymakers with the certainty they need and ensure flights will continue after Brexit. 

EU nationals

Correct as of 4 September:

EU nationals will be able to continue to travel on ID cards until 2021. It is recommended that visitors who are citizens of current EU Member States and who have a valid passport use the e-gates to make entry quick and easy. Visitors who are citizens of current EU member states will continue to be able to travel without a visa. This will continue to be the case even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. 

Other nationals

Citizens of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea are permitted to use e-gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals. This is reducing queues and improving the flow of passengers and the overall experience at the UK border

Further advice and guidance for visitors travelling to the UK after Brexit can be found on the Gov.uk website

The guidance covers:

• What you’ll need to enter the UK

• What you need to show at the UK border

• School travellers entering the UK

• Driving in the UK

• What you can bring into the UK

• Using your mobile phone in the UK