Businesses urged to get Brexit ready

Businesses have been warned to ensure they are ready for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.

A failure to prepare could risk disruption to the activities, regardless of whether a deal is agreed or not.

For example, there will be changes to export from the UK and businesses should check duties and customs procedures and ensure they have completed the proper documentation or risk being unable to get goods through customs.

Further, anyone travelling to the EU from 2021 may need a visa or work permit, while anyone hiring from outside the UK, including the EU, must be a Home Office licenced sponsor.

The end of the transition period may also mean that businesses may not be able to legally receive personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) if safeguards are not in place.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said: “The UK is leaving the single market and customs union at the end of this month and businesses must act now to prepare for the guaranteed changes ahead.

“The government stands ready to help, and by taking action now, I am in no doubt businesses will overcome any hurdles and seize new opportunities from 1 January.”

Businesses have been urged to seek official guidance around Brexit protocols and find out what actions they may still need to take.