EU EXIT: What you need to know

The UK government is providing information to help businesses make sure they are prepared for when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

This includes a series of ‘process maps’ showing the steps businesses must take to continue exporting goods, as well as a series of roadshow events. You can also sign up to receive information alerts direct from government.

This page shows the information currently available and where you can find it.

The Welsh Government’s Business Wales team runs a similar advice-portal to assist Welsh businesses prepare for Wales. You can access the facility here.


The CLA has produced an advice pack that provides rural business owners with a detailed framework for the steps which will need to be taken in the event of a No Deal Brexit and where you can find more information.

The advice has been independently compiled by CLA experts and the production costs have been met by the government’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Of course, the decision about what actions to take will be unique to every businesses’ needs. This guidance is not intended to make a judgement on the specific activities you should be undertaking, or about the longer-term effects of a No Deal Brexit.

Please note that the information contained within was correct at time of production in October 2019. 

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Process maps

Further process maps will be released shortly

To help you understand what you need to do to carry on exporting if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, government are preparing a series of process maps. Each map will set out the key steps that you need to follow in order to ensure your export goes successfully:

Processing meat of animal origin


Brexit roadshows

The government is hosting a series of events across the UK to help businesses understand the changes that lie ahead and what they can do to prepare.

Click here for a list of locations and to find out more


Further information

Animal health regulations

Importers and exporters of animals and animal products are being urged to prepare for Brexit on 31 October, as these will be subject to new requirements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This would include foodstuffs ranging from cuts of meat to cheese, as well as fish and fishery products.

The rules would also apply to the import and export of live animals and other consignments such as germplasm and animal by-products. Details of this guidance can be found here.

French customs guidance

If the UK leaves the EU with No Deal Brexit customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods. Both imports and exports, will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs. Details of the guidance issued by the French authorities can be found here.

EORI Numbers

UK traders will need an EU EORI number if they interact with both UK and EU customs, but not if they just move goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. HMRC’s latest EORI guidance can be found here. Any queries about EORI numbers should be directed to HMRC.

‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign

The Government launched a public information campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. It is the largest single communications campaign ever undertaken by the UK Government. The campaign includes an online checker tool that will tell you what you and your business will need to do to get ready for Brexit. The checker can be found here.

Border Inspection Posts

Goods will only be able to enter the EU through a Border Inspection Post (BIP) designated for the specific consignment. Check the list of existing BIPs in the EU (here). You should also consider how to redirect your trade route if necessary. If you are transporting goods by road, you should ensure that your freight company is prepared. Further details of the requirements for lorry and goods vehicle drivers can be found here.