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Following Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, Andrea Leadsom was appointed as Business Secretary (formerly Leader of the House, formerly Environment Secretary). The other members of BEIS Ministerial team are:
Michael Gove has been appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (CDL) with the remit of preparing the UK for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
PM stated that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, whatever the circumstances. The Government is ready to negotiate a deal with the EU, particularly on an alternative to the Irish backstop.
However, as the Government is committed to leaving the EU on 31 October, no deal remains on the table. The Government has pledged to step up preparations so that disruptions can be minimised. As part of these preparations:
Engagement with businesses
The government will be stepping up its engagement plans to help businesses prepare for leaving the EU, including one of the biggest public information campaigns (across TV, radio and online) so that citizens, communities and businesses can prepare for what will happen if there is no deal. BEIS are considering ways that they can step up engagement with businesses.
UK Government help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU via Online Tool
Gov.UK has an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Triage Tool here
What business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU:
A new EU Exit Service for EU Exit Questions, covering Customs, VAT and Excise
The service uses a dedicated mailbox. It’s available to business organisations only. This is a temporary service designed only for EU Exit issues, and it will be reviewed when the UK has left the EU. If you would like further details on this mailbox, please contact Jane Montgomery at [email protected].
Temporary Tariff Rates
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then the Temporary Tariff Rates will be applicable on November 1st, 2019. In order to confirm whether the specific products imported to the UK in a no deal scenario will be eligible for tariff free access, you will need to carry out the following steps:
New Interactive Market Access Map
The International Trade Centre has recently published a free analytic portal that allows users to Access, Compare, Analyse and Download customs tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, trade remedies and non-tariff measures applicable to a specific good in any market in the world. The web-application is interactive, simple and easy to use.
If you have any questions in relation to Brexit please contact Jane Montgomery – [email protected] directly. Jane is participating in regular conference calls with UK Government and has access to all departments on any questions you may have on Brexit going forward.