For two years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019.
It has always been the case that as we get nearer to March 2019, preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario would have to be accelerated. Such an acceleration does not reflect an increased likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome. Rather it is about ensuring our plans are in place in the unlikely scenario that they need to be relied upon.
A “Partnership Pack” , led by HMRC, has now been published on GOV.UK by the Cross-Government Border Delivery Group.
This pack provides a high-level guide to customs processes and procedures that are likely to apply in a ‘no deal’ scenario. More detailed guidance will be provided later in the autumn, including specific actions that traders and other stakeholders will need to take to prepare.
A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.
Please follow the link above to access the pack which will help you to:
– think about how you will need to adapt your business to comply with new systems, processes and controls
– assess the impact of the increased demand for customs declarations on your business
– consider whether you need to recruit and train additional staff
– stay up-to-date with these changes