Preparing for Brexit 

Negotiations around the UK’s withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continue to dominate the UK political landscape.

The Chamber network is primarily focused on assessing the practicalities of Brexit for business communities across the UK and helping them to prepare.

Businesses across the UK should be planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Here you will find advice and notifications to help you understand the latest in the Brexit process and prepare for the future.

Latest update

Preference and non-preference Certificates of Origin – no deal Brexit contingency planning

The British Chambers of Commerce and the accredited Chamber Network continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation for use by exporters to prove origin.

Should the United Kingdom reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that you currently issue will continue to be used throughout any period of transition (Certificates of Origin, EUR1, ATR).

As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HMRC and the DIT on the revised format of preference and non-preferential certificates of origin. In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide you with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation.

If you hold blank certificates for printing at your business premises then we will contact you in advance of any change to arrange a supply of replacement certificates. The replacement certificates should only be used in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a no-deal scenario.

Should you have any further question, please contact your Chamber team.


Government guidance

Guidance & Notifications

  • Guidance for UK businesses on EU service provision if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. 
View full details • here
  • The Government has published details of the UK’s temporary tariff regime for no deal, designed to minimise costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries. 
Find out more • here
  • Guidance from HM Government on the commitments both the UK and Switzerland have agreed to in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Document available • here
  • The European Commission has also prepared a dedicated webpage with a list of practical tips and recommendations for EU companies in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. While this is not focused on UK companies, their advice can be viewed in the below links: 
Preparing for Brexit guidance can be found • here
A Brexit checklist for traders can be found • here
A customs guide for businesses can be found • here
  • HMRC announces Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs, should we leave the EU without a deal, by writing to 145,000 VAT registered businesses trading with the EU.
Read full details • here
  • The Government has launched a hub for no deal Brexit informaiton with dedicated sections for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK. 
Hub available • here
  • The UK Government has produced some guidance documents on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no deal.
Documents available • here
  • HMRC ‘no deal’ Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU
Read more • here
  • HMRC partnership pack to prepare for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU exit
Find out more • here


The Chamber is helping and supporting businesses across the North-east in the build up to Brexit. The below documents have been to provide insight into how your organisation can prepare for Brexit. 

Summaires of key policy themes under a no deal scenario

The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provide a summary document covering the key changes that businesses need to be aware of in a no deal scenario and the actions they could taking to prepare. 

Summary document available • here
Questions and answers: no deal Brexit

The European Commission has pulled together the below document which includes questions and answers about the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement (no deal Brexit). 

Questions and answers: no deal Brexit • Click here
Brexit Agreement FAQ

Following the publication of the Withdrawal Agreement, the BCC has put together a FAQ on the agreement and the likely next steps in the process.

Brexit Agreement FAQ • Click here
Business Brexit Checklist
The British Chamber of Commerce Business Brexit Checklist will help companies consider the changes that Brexit may bring, and help to plan at both operational and Board level.


Business Brexit Checklist • Click here
Business Brexit Risk Register

Following the publication of UK government contingency planning, and as negotiations continue, the British Chambers of Commerce has created a Risk Register.

Business Brexit Risk Register • Click here
10 steps to prepare for Brexit 

Our 10 steps to prepare for Brexit document allows orgainsations to gain advice and support about Brexit preparations.

10 steps to prepare for Brexit • Click here


Here at the Chamber we have a range of courses from understanding the basics to more in depth fundementals, find a level that suits you and discover more about the changes in international markets. 

International Business and Exporting • Courses


Download our new import - export training programme • here
AEO services

Authorised Economic Operator services

The Chamber can help businesses navigate the route to successful AEO status in a number of ways.

AEO gap analysis will see Chamber team members, in partnership with secured customs professionals, prepare a report and assist companies in understanding their current position in terms of capability to meet AEO criteria and what is required in order to be ready for application submission if they wish to do so.

Following on from a gap analysis, further consultancy can be provided to submit and obtain AEO status from HMRC.

Find out more • here