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Brexit Bulletin – September 2019
Brexit Bulletin – September 2019

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of the BOSS Brexit Bulletin. With just a month to go, uncertainty remains very much the status quo. Despite that, we've got our usual mix of practical guidance and information from the industry and beyond.

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In this month's Bulletin:

1. Brexit update
2. Funding for export training
3. British Chambers of Commerce - Impact Survey and No-Deal Dashboard
4. Government's Ready for Brexit roadshows
5. CBI Industrial Trends Survey
6. Talking Brexit at DSL 2019
7. Latest publications

1. Brexit update

In a remarkable and historic decision, the UK Supreme Court, on 24 September 2019, ruled that the decision of the Prime Minister to request the Queen to make an Order proroguing parliament for a five-week period was unlawful. This meant that the prorogation was void, allowing the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, to announce that the House would sit again the following day. MPs returned, and almost immediately voted against a recess which would allow Conservative MPs the usual time off to attend their party conference, due to be held in Manchester 30 September - 2 October.

Before Parliament was suspended on 9 September, the European (Withdrawal) (No.6) Act, was passed. The Act provides that if the Government has not reached an agreement with the European Union by 19 October 2019, and has not voted in favour of a No Deal exit, the Prime Minister must seek to obtain a three month extension to Article 50 in order to further delay Brexit. If the prime minister refuses to seek an extension there is likely to be a legal battle. While Cabinet ministers have said the government will obey the law, the Prime Minister has stated he will not ask for an extension. There has been some speculation about finding a loophole in the law or using another device to avoid Mr Johnson himself having to ask for the extension.

At their party conference, the Liberal Democrats pledged to revoke Brexit without a referendum if they were to be elected with a majority. At the Labour Conference the party voted - much to its leader's relief - against a motion to officially back Remain in any future referendum. If elected, the party will instead take a neutral stance while negotiating a new deal with Europe within three months, and hold another referendum within six. A special conference would be held nearer that date to decide whether to back Leave or Remain.

As usual, the BBC's What happens now? guide is the best we've found to explain what's going on.

You can view the guide here.

2. Funding for export training

A new funding stream has been announced by Government to help businesses train staff in making customs declarations and to invest in IT. Similar funding was available earlier in the year, but had to be taken up by April.

To apply for the grants, your business must either complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future) and you must import from or export to the EU.

It can be used to cover:

- Training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
- IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future.

The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course. It will also cover the cost of training you run internally, up to a limit of £250 for each employee on the course.

You can find out more and apply below.



3. British Chambers of Commerce - Impact Survey and No-Deal Dashboard

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has conducted a survey of 1500 business leaders, who were asked whether their business would make a change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

24% said they would revise investment plans down (4% would revise up)
1 in 5 say they would plan to move some or all of their business overseas
22% of businesses say they will revise recruitment plans down (3% would revise up)

The BCC's No-Deal Dashboard has been updated this month. The dashboard evaluates the quality of official guidance given by Government across a number of practical areas. Only five areas are marked ‘green', indicating that the BCC considers adequate information has been given. 10 are red, indicating that no information has been given, and 21 are amber - in these cases the BCC considers that only partial information has been supplied (or that its quality is questionable).

4. Government's 'Ready for Brexit' roadshows

The next phase of the Government's multi-million pound campaign to get individuals and businesses prepared to leave the EU has swung into action. Half-day events are running across the country, combining a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts.

Some sessions have already taken place.
Still to happen are:

Week commencing 30 September

Monday Southampton
Tuesday Brighton
Thursday Plymouth
Thursday Hull
Friday Leeds

Week commencing 7 October

Monday Derry/Londonderry
Monday Cambridge
Tuesday Belfast
Tuesday Ipswich
Wednesday Newcastle upon Tyne
Friday Carlisle

Week commencing 14 October

Monday Cardiff
Monday Liverpool
Tuesday Wrexham

You can register (and check for more locations being added) at the events pages of the Ready for Brexit website.


5. CBI Industrial Trends Survey

The Confederation of British Industry's Industrial Trends Survey found that manufacturing output was flat in the three months leading to September 2019. 13% of manufacturers reported total order books to be above normal, and 41% said they were below normal, giving a balance of -28% (from -13% in August) - compared to a long-run average of -13%.

6. Talking Brexit at DSL 2019

I will be at Dealer Support Live 2019 on 17 October at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry running a seminar on Brexit Advice, helping delegates prepare for Brexit in the event of a no-deal scenario. The seminar will include guidance for employers who have EU staff and funding available to help manage the impact of Brexit on your business. For more information and to sign up for this year's DSL, click the button below.


7. Latest publications

You can read the latest Brexit publications here.



22 October 2019

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For more information please contact:
Carys Davis
Carys Davis
Public Affairs Consultant
020 7915 8373
You might also be interested in:
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  • Managing currency risk With a weaker currency making imports more expensive, you've voiced concerns about rising costs - so we've put together some tips to consider.
  • Importing and Exporting All the latest information on tariffs and non-tariff barriers - if you import or export you'll find helpful resources here.
  • Running your Business Your customers may be checking their supply chains and some of you report back that you're also putting in the ground work to ensure continuity of service.
  • Employment Do you have staff from the EU? Here's what you - and they - need to know.
  • Northern Ireland Based in Northern Ireland, find more information here.
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