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

  • 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 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
  • 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. 

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
Key unanswered questions for a no-deal scenario
Key unanswered questions • 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


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