The UK Government has released a ‘Partnership pack’, providing a high-level guide to customs processes and procedures, which is intended to support businesses if we leave the EU without a deal.
The UK and EU have provisionally reached agreement on the three critical issues of money, citizens and the Irish border, with talks now focusing on the detail of how to avoid having a physical Northern Ireland border and on our future relations.
On the 29 March 2019 the UK will leave EU and the transition period to Dec 2020 begins, providing a period of grace to get everything in place, ready for when the post-Brexit rules between the UK and the EU begin. Free movement will continue during the transition period.
Negotiations on the future relations between the UK and the EU are taking place now, and if all goes to plan the deal will be reached ahead of 29 March 2019.
Without an agreement on trade, the UK would operate with the EU under World Trade Organisation rules, which is likely to mean customs checks and tariff impositions.
Additional Customs declarations and changes to VAT are inevitable, whichever deal emerges, though the government have indicated that VAT payments will be deferred.
It is almost certain that delays at Dover and the Channel Tunnel will quickly ensue, it is simply the severity of their impact that is unknown.
For two years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019.
The recently released Government Partnership pack is designed to help support businesses if we leave the EU without a deal.
The pack provides key stakeholders and intermediaries working with businesses with a high-level guide to customs processes and procedures that are likely to apply in a ‘no deal’ scenario.
We will provide more detailed guidance later in the autumn and as we get nearer to March 2019, including specific actions that traders will need to take to prepare.
The Partnership pack is intended to support your contingency planning and to help you to:
- Think about how you will need to adapt to comply with new systems, processes and controls
- Assess the impact of increased demand for customs declarations on your business
- Consider whether you need to recruit and train additional staff
- Stay up-to-date with these changes
Download the Partnership pack
Visit the UK Government Brexit guidance page