Updated advice (4 September 2019)
There has been a lot of political news coverage recently due to the paroguing of parliament, election discussions, and potential no-deal Brexit/Brexit delay.
Whilst all of this remains an unknown, we urge our members to continue to ‘Get Ready’ for the October 31 Brexit day.
We have a range of information and guidance available on the HTA website to guide members through this process, including the EORI auto-enrolling scheme, EU Citizens settlement scheme and paperwork for UK hauliers driving to the EU.
We will be producing more guidance and distributing Government updates in the continued run up to 31 October via a range of communication channels to make sure you’re fully aware and informed.
The Political Situation as it is Now (26 April 2019)
The UK & the EU have agreed a flexible extension to Article 50, the latest we will leave is 31 October 2019.
It remains to be seen what the Governments next move is in order to get a withdrawal deal agreed in Parliament.
The PM is likely to try to get something across the line before 22nd May, which is when the EU Elections take place, however a deal is not yet guaranteed.
Businesses need to still prepare for a no deal situation, please continue to do that in the time available.
Latest - 26/4 Now we have all enjoyed a “Brexit breather” for a little time, the Government has written to all stakeholders with an interest in DEFRA to explain what to do now. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, says in his letter that DEFRA has stood down its no deal preparations for the immediate future. However, if we reach 31st October without a deal being passed by Parliament there is still the possibility of a No Deal, so work will continue to mitigate the effects of this. The letter can be viewed here
How Much Has Brexit Cost Your Business So Far?
DEFRA’s EU Exit team have sent a communication to the HTA requesting information about the effects Brexit has had on businesses, in particular no deal planning.
They wish to take this time to understand what the impacts of No Deal preparation have had on business, and how you are intending to prepare over the coming months.
In particular, questions they would like answers to are; -
- What preparations for a potential No Deal exit did you undertake?
- What were the impacts of these on your business, e.g. costs etc. This could include costs, the implication of bringing material in early, resultant biosecurity concerns, planning time taken, extra staff costs, how the uncertainty affected you and your business, basically anything that is Brexit related.
- How you intend to continue EU Exit preparations & planning. Explain briefly what the plans will be and over what time period you will conduct them.
In addition to sending your response to DEFRA (please send to firstname.lastname@example.org) would you please copy the HTA in to your reply (email@example.com ) . Your response will be treated in the utmost confidence. (For those of you wondering at DEFRA's food-related e-mail address, ornamental horticulture is included under DEFRA’s agri-food EU Exit department)
We will provide an update to this information as major situations develop. General Brexit & Brexit-related political information can be found on the BBC News Brexit Pages
Please use the downloadable information below to assist you with planning.
If you have not yet registered for a traders ‘EORI’ number for importing, you will automatically be assigned one by HMRC.
Latest News - In order of publication
The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances.
Now we have all enjoyed a “Brexit breather” for a little time, the Government has written to all stakeholders with an interest in DEFRA to explain what to do now.
UK commercial drivers who operate in the EU will need new paperwork in addition to the documents they already carry if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Government announces new immigration plans.
The EU Settlement Scheme is now open, and as an employer of EU citizens you can help them by utilising the governments Employers Toolkit for the EU Citizens Settlement Scheme.
Government provisions for EEA citizens and their family members arriving in the UK after we leave the EU in the event the UK leaves without agreeing a deal announced.
No Deal Advice for Business Updated
To trade with the EU post Brexit businesses need to get an EORI number from the Customs Declaration Service
The Government has called for Evidence from industry on particular occupations that are short of labour.
APHA extend an invite to all businesses involved in plant & seed variety and propagating material work processes to take part in a No Deal EU Exit Seminar on 28th November. The workshop will work through what may happen in the event of a no deal for Brexit, based on the recent No Deal Technical Notice on Plant Variety Rights.
The government releases the fourth tranche of no-deal Brexit scenarios. Here, the HTA summarises those that may affect the horticulture industry and provides guidance on what to do.
A recent Chambers of Commerce survey has found that 62% of British businesses have not undertaken any planning for Brexit. Here the HTA gives you some tools to help you plan.
The Government has released a 'No-Deal Technical Notice' which gives guidance on importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s no Brexit deal.
The HTA de-mystifies the 'No Deal' Brexit scenarios the governments has recently issued for businesses.
Some observations on Brexit and the shortage of casual labour from the EU