Important Updates for FSPA Members That May Affect Their Business if a No-Deal Brexit

  • Posted on Aug 30, 2019

Brexit Secretary signs order to scrap 1972 Brussels Act – ending all EU law in the UK

The Government has signed into law legislation to repeal the Act of Parliament which set in stone Britain’s EU (EEC) membership in 1972.  The 1972 Act is the vehicle that sees regulations flow into UK law directly from the EU’s law-making bodies in Brussels.

The announcement of the Act’s repeal marks an historic step in returning law-making powers from Brussels to the UK. The repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 will take effect when Britain formally leaves the EU on 31 October.


Chancellor Accelerates Brexit Preparations for Businesses – EORI Number

HMRC is stepping up efforts to ensure businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit by automatically enrolling companies in the customs system.  VAT registered companies across the UK will be allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in the next two weeks in order to keep trading with customers and suppliers in the EU after the UK has left.

EORI numbers are a unique ID number allocated to businesses that enables them to be identified by Customs authorities when doing business with other traders.  If businesses do not have an EORI number post-Brexit, they will be unable to continue to trade with the EU Member States – you can learn more here (first published 21 August 2019).


Trading Under WTO Rules

How to trade with other countries if there is a no UK trade agreement in place – find out more here (first published 15 August 2019).


Footwear Labelling After Brexit

Advice for manufacturers and retailers on footwear labelling if there is a no deal Brexit – read more here (updated 14 August 2019).


Textile Labelling After Brexit

Advice for manufacturers and retailers on textile labelling if there is a no-deal Brexit – more information here (updated 14 August 2019).


Geo-blocking of online content after Brexit

How restricting access to online content (geo-blocking) between the UK and EU will be regulated if there is no-deal Brexit.

This guidance provides information to consumers, business customers, traders and regulators on the government’s plans in relation to the Geo-Blocking Regulation if there’s a no-deal Brexit – read more here (first published 9 August 2019).


Consumer Rights and Business: Changes after Brexitfirst published 14 August 2019

BEIS have provided advice here for businesses on consumer rights if there is a no-deal Brexit – (first published 14 August 2019).


New Trade Arrangements – Signed or Discussing to replace the current EU agreements

Importing and Exporting – DiT have provided documents here relating to the new trade arrangements the UK has signed or is discussing, to replace the current EU agreements if there is a no-deal Brexit – (first published 15 August 2019).