Brexit in Buckinghamshire

All the latest news, events and information on Brexit, what it means for Buckinghamshire, and how local businesses can prepare for life outside the EU.

If you would like to speak to Buckinghamshire Business First about any ideas or concerns you have regarding Brexit, or for more information on what you could be doing to prepare for it, please contact us at

You can sign up for Brexit alerts from the government on the Article 50 process, negotiations, and announcements about policy changes as a result of Brexit. Sign up here > (Warning: there are a lot of alerts)

First steps for sectors in preparing for Brexit

The government has prepared sector specific guides providing some first steps to prepare for Brexit. Guides are available for the following sectors:

Latest assessment of business & trade implications in the event of no deal

The government has published its latest assessment of the implications for business and international trade if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Headlines include:

  • the UK economy being, in the long term, between 6.3%-9% smaller than it otherwise would be
  • an HMRC estimate that the administrative burden on businesses from customs declarations alone could be around £13bn per year
  • the flow of goods through the Short Channel Crossings (Dover and Eurotunnel) being significantly reduced for months
  • reduced availability and choice of food products, with some food prices likely to increase
  • transitional simplified procedures for EU trade at roll-on roll-off ports
  • the majority of non-harmonised trade in goods (such as furniture, sports equipment and bicycles) likely to continue in the short term

The government concludes that "even where it can take unilateral action, the lack of preparation by businesses and individuals is likely to add to the disruption experienced in a no deal scenario."

Read the full document here >

How to prepare your business for a 'no deal' Brexit

As the date of the UK’s departure from the EU draws ever nearer, the prospect of a ‘no deal’ scenario grows. The government has provided the following advice - 'preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU exit' - which is is designed to support businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal. Areas covered include:

  • changes at the UK border
  • customs and VAT
  • importing and exporting (for instance, UK businesses trading only with the EU will need a UK EORI number to continue trading with EU countries in the event that the UK exits the EU without a deal. You do not need a new EORI number if you already have one that starts with GB.)
  • businesses supplying services to the EU
  • travelling to the EU with a UK passport
  • tour operators
  • courier and postal services
  • businesses operating in the creative, cultural or sports sectors
  • haulage companies

The government has also drawn up further advice for individuals and businesses on how to prepare for Brexit in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. Areas covered include: applying for EU-funded programmes; civil nuclear and nuclear research; farming; importing and exporting; labelling products and making them safe; money and tax; regulating medicines and medical equipment; state aid; studying in the UK or EU; and workplace rights.

The government has also published this overview of its preparations for Brexit in the event of leaving without a deal, including plans already in place and the UK and EU’s approach to negotiations.

Get an EORI number to continue trading with the EU

UK businesses that trade only within the EU will need a UK EORI number to continue trading with the EU after Brexit - if the UK exits the EU without a deal.

Businesses that already trade with countries outside of the EU will already have an EORI number and will not need to change anything in this regard.

See the government advice on how to apply for an EORI number >

Brexit support for your sector

The government has provided a tool which will help you learn:

  • what your business will need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

You’ll just need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business. Use the tool here >

Preparing for EU exit

The “Preparing for EU Exit” website is the central site for Brexit-related guidance, with specific advice aimed at businesses, individuals, UK nationals living in the EU, and EU nationals living in the UK. Visit the section dedicated to businesses here >

The business section includes a tool with which you can filter for information by sector and business activity, as well as for information on employing EU citizens, intellectual property, EU or UK government funding, and public sector procurement. Use the search tool here on the government website, where you can also subscribe to receive email alerts on new EU exit-focused advice from the government.

Latest HMRC advice for EU-only traders in the event of no deal

HMRC sent its latest letter to VAT-registered businesses that only trade within the EU. This letter covered:

Visit this webpage for the latest notices on trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

Immigration White Paper

After Brexit, the free movement of EU citizens will end. The government outlined proposals for “the UK’s future skills-based immigration system” in its December 2018 White Paper.

Read our overview of the changes coming to the UK’s immigration system, something that will have a major impact on many workers and employers.

Changes to trademark and patent law in the event of no deal


This advice relates to European Union Trade Marks only and sets out the changes the government is making to UK law in the event of no deal.

Registered design & design rights

Changes to registered design, design rights and international design and trade mark law if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Read the latest advice here >


Changes to Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and patent law in the event of no deal from the European Union. Read the latest advice here >

Data protection and Brexit

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham sets out how the ICO is helping businesses, particularly SMEs, prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit.

She writes that: "The Government has made clear that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be absorbed into UK law at the point of exit, so there will be no substantive change to the rules that most organisations need to follow.

"But organisations that rely on the transfers of personal data between the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA) may be affected."

Read the full blog here >

The farming sector - preparing for Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, there may be changes that affect arable, livestock or horticulture farming businesses.

Read the government overview and guidance here >

Horizon 2020 funding recipients urged to register details

UK businesses benefiting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

The government’s online portal was launched in September 2018 after the government announced it would guarantee all successful UK funding bids submitted by public and private organisations before Brexit, including the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. It asks recipients to input basic information so UK researchers and businesses can be informed of next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding.

Access the portal and input your information here >

EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit

This toolkit contains information with which employers can support EU citizen employees and their families on the EU Settlement Scheme.

The government has also produced a toolkit for community groups and local authorities to support EU citizens and their families.

Advice on importing & exporting

When the UK leaves the EU, there may be changes to UK-EU trade at the UK border including on customs, tariffs, VAT, safety and security, documentation, vehicle standards, and controlled products. Read the government's collection of guidance on this here >

Notice to exporters re: dual-use items

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has published a new open general export licence for the export of dual-use items to EU member states. Read the notice here >

Public sector procurement after Brexit

The government says: "If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the public procurement regulations will remain unchanged during any implementation period. Notices for UK contract opportunities will still be accessed on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) Tenders Electronic Daily (TED).

"However, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the way businesses access and respond to the UK public sector notices will change. A new UK specific e-Notification Service will replace OJEU TED and will be ready when the UK leaves the EU."

Read the government's guidance on public sector procurement after Brexit and check the link regularly for updates.

Federation of Small Businesses Brexit Pack

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has produced a Small Business Brexit Pack to set out what smaller businesses should be thinking about in the event of a no-deal scenario. The pack includes advice on continuity and contingency planning.

Access the Small Business Brexit Pack here >

Institute of Directors’ Navigating Brexit hub

The Institute of Directors’ Navigating Brexit hub includes news, fact sheets and blogs providing comprehensive updates and expert analysis, as well as details of the IoD’s programme of Brexit events and webinars.

Visit the Navigating Brexit hub here >

Getting ready for Brexit - guide for disabled people

Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) have produced a practical 'Getting Ready for Brexit' guide for disabled people. This includes advice on prescription medicine, food and drink, carers, health services, electricity, petrol and diesel, and crime and security.

Read the document here >

Visit the BuDS Brexit webpage for more information >

Round-up of the Buckinghamshire Brexit Summit 2019

The 2019 Buckinghamshire Brexit Summit brought together businesses from a range of sectors and representatives from local and national government and business organisations to explore the latest on Brexit.

Read our round-up of the Summit for some key takeaways from the event and actions that should be top of business’s to do lists.

You can read the slides from the event below, which feature plenty of advice and links to important information:

Stuart Chapman, Business Intelligence & Readiness Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). View the slides here >

Thomas Rolls, EU Exit Business and Public Readiness Directorate, DEFRA. View the slides here >

Ken Moon, Foreign Office & EU Chair, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). View the slides here >

Martin Tett and Neil Gibson, Buckinghamshire County Council. View the slides here >

2 in 3 local business leaders expect Brexit to be negative for their business

A government survey taken by Buckinghamshire Business First members reveals concerns over the economy, staff welfare and access to markets.

Just before Christmas, we asked our members to take a survey on how Brexit will impact their business. In total, 338 businesses responded to the survey, which was compiled by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

According to the survey, more than two thirds of Buckinghamshire’s business leaders expect Brexit to have a negative effect on their businesses.

Read our full overview of the survey results here, including the specific concerns some business leaders expressed.

Buckinghamshire County Council Brexit page

Buckinghamshire County Council has a dedicated Brexit page on its website that features information on its preparations for Brexit, a link to the ‘Brexit in Buckinghamshire’ report, and information for residents.

Visit the Council’s Brexit page here >

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Brexit Report

Buckinghamshire County Council has prepared a comprehensive report that outlines how Brexit affects Buckinghamshire, with sectoral analysis covering health and social care, education, innovation and skills, construction, hospitality, retail and wholesale, medicinal and pharmaceuticals, digital, media and creative industries, agriculture, environment and the rural economy, and the space sector.

The report also looks ahead to the next steps that business, government and public sector bodies need to take to ensure Buckinghamshire capitalises on its strengths and recognises and remedies its weaknesses.

'Brexit in Buckinghamshire: Shaping the future, harnessing growth’ can be read here.

Jobs held in Buckinghamshire by EU passport holders

In 2011 (the latest data from the 2011 Census), 226,700 people aged 16 and over were employed in Buckinghamshire, including 11,244 holding non-UK EU passports and 8,003 with passports from the rest of the world.

Read the full report and search for data by occupation and industry >

The government’s hub for Brexit

The government has collated a lot of information and guidance on the UK’s departure from the EU at Search for information on:

  • Trade and the single market
  • The impact on the labour market
  • Legislation
  • EU citizens’ rights in the UK
  • Travelling to the EU

Business Brexit checklist

The British Chambers of Commerce has created a ‘Business Brexit checklist’ to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit may bring to their firm, and to help business planning at both operational and Board levels.

Download the checklist here >

Intellectual property post-EU

The government is providing ongoing updates on what effect there will be to intellectual property laws after the UK leaves the European Union.

Get the latest updates here >

UK Parliament Brexit pages

The UK Parliament Brexit pages feature lots of up to date and very detailed news on all things Brexit. Areas covered include the economy, business and trade; employment and pensions; farming and fishing; and education, science and research. Visit for all the latest.

Buckinghamshire Brexit Summit 2017

The first Buckinghamshire Brexit Summit took place on Friday 8th December 2017 in High Wycombe.

It was a day of speeches, discussions and ideas on what businesses, local government, central government and Buckinghamshire Business First can do to ensure Brexit is a success for Buckinghamshire’s businesses.

View the slides from the speeches made throughout the day, here.

Follow the story of the day as seen on Twitter, and view the pictures taken at the event.

Watch our Brexit advice videos

Get advice from experts on how to prepare for Brexit, what opportunities you could tap into, and more. Watch the following videos: