The British Chambers of Commerce'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 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.
As the UK begins its withdrawal from the EU, the BCC is helping businesses to consider how they can plan for the future.
Since the EU referendum in June 2016, business communities across the UK have faced unprecedented levels of uncertainty about trading conditions in the future. While the final outcome of the Brexit process remains unclear, the BCC is encouraging companies of all sizes and sectors to consider how they may be affected.
In order to help companies think about how their operations could be impacted, we have created a Business Brexit Checklist, outlining key areas of operations where firms should assess what could change.
On 13 July, the UK government launched their Check, Change, Go campaign, to advise the public and businesses on what they need to “change” before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.
The UK government states it will advise people on travel insurance policies, pet travel, and changes to supply chains. It will stress that the UK is leaving the Single Market and Customs Union on 31 December, and so businesses will need to prepare for changes to their movement of goods and services, for example by getting an EU EORI number or registering with the relevant Customs Authority.
However, talks are ongoing and there has been no clarification given as to what a new trading arrangement will look like with the EU, making it very difficult for businesses to prepare sufficiently. Many are also facing significant financial difficulties and pressures caused by the ongoing pandemic.
The campaign will run in print, broadcast and social media. They have also established an online tool to assess which actions you or your business needs to take.