Preparing for EU exit
Preparing for EU exit

The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU means businesses may need to prepare for change.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the government’s top priority. However, a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019, and businesses are being urged to ensure they are prepared.

The government has created an online tool for businesses to find the latest information on EU Exit, how they will be affected, and the actions they can take to prepare by answering 7 quick questions here:

Businesses can access additional tools here: and sign up to receive customised alerts.

If you’re  based in the Greater Peterborough area and have concerns about how the UK’s exit from the EU will affect your business, please get in touch with Opportunity Peterborough. We’re here to aid the growth and development of local companies and will be more than happy to help your organisation get the support it needs.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit the government has released border guidance for the following sectors, please click on the relevant sector to open the PDF.

Additionally, several government departments have published information on the steps that businesses may need to take to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU, please see updates below:

  • The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published a series of short videos and leaflets to help businesses prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The videos set out the actions that businesses will need to take to continue to trade in a ‘no deal’ EU Exit, and direct them towards further information available online. Along with a general video and leaflet for all businesses, there are tailored products for specific industries. There are also two deep dive videos available that provide more detail on importing and exporting in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The videos are all available here, and a toolkit will soon be available online with the full range of materials and advice on how to use them to engage with businesses.



  • BEIS also hosts a weekly EU Exit Business Readiness Forum to support businesses to prepare for a no deal scenario. The forum is aimed at business representative organisations, trade associations and professional bodies and provides regular updates on information published by all departments that may be relevant to their members. If you would like support from BEIS, please contact