This page is dedicated to providing Information about the United Kingdoms Exit from the EU including announcements about policy changes as a result of EU Exit and No-Deal Contingency Planning.

The UK’s departure from the EU is one of the biggest economic changes in a generation.

The Chamber Network is focused on the practicalities of Brexit for business communities across the UK. Since the decision to leave the EU, the BCC has campaigned for answers to the pragmatic concerns of business.

As the UK approaches its departure from the EU, its crucial that businesses are doing all they can to prepare for the future. The BCC has put together resources to help businesses plan for the change. Visit BCC's preparing for Brexit page to find out how your firm can be ready to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Over the last two and a half years, Brexit has contained numerous twists and turns in Westminster and Brussels. In that time, the BCC has focused on getting answers to practical questions about future trading conditions and evaluating what the political process actually means for critical business issues. The BCC’s research and analysis assess the implications of the negotiations and what they mean for UK business communities.

Government launches its ‘Prepare for EU Exit’ hub

On 8 January the government launched a new hub for no deal Brexit information on the hub, which has dedicated sections for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK. The webpages include a tool for filtering the technical notices, partnership packs and other guidance based on company sector.

Possible future dates

29 March 2019 – If Parliament agrees the withdrawal agreement comes into force.

21 December 2020 – The current plan, If Parliament agrees, is for a transition period of 21 months to smooth the path from Brexit to the UK and EU’s future permanent relationship.

For further information regarding Brexit contact contact Gemma L Collins, Export Manager at Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce on 01524 381331


Information on Preference and non-Preference Certificates of Origin – No Deal Brexit Contingency Planning

The British Chambers of Commerce and the accredited Chamber Network continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union on 29th March. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation for use by exporters to prove origin.

Should the United Kingdom reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that you currently issue will continue to be used throughout any period of transition.

As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HMRC and the DIT on the revised format of preference and non-preference certificates of origin.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide you with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation. This will be ready and available in time for March 29th. If you hold blank certificates for printing at your business premises then we will contact you in advance to arrange a supply of replacement certificates.

The replacement certificates should only be used in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a no-deal scenario.

For more information please contact Gemma L Collins, Export Manager at Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce on 01524 381331

 Business Brexit Checklist

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.

CLICK HERE to view the BCC Business Brexit Checklist

Implications for Business and Trade of a No Deal Exit on 29 March 2019 - HMRC Notice