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Practical guides on Brexit

This page contains a list of externally produced resources which offer practical advice on the impact of the UK departure from the EU and opportunities for future business.

Looking for the ICAEW view on Brexit? Find the latest updates and expert analysis at the ICAEW Brexit hub.


The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This has been followed by a period of transition while negotiations on the future relationship take place. Information from the UK Government on the transition period is available from gov.uk/transition including a tool which is intended to help individuals and businesses identify their next steps.

The EU directives for the negotiation of a new partnership with the UK (25 February 2020) and the paper The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations  (27 February 2020) are available online.

In July 2020 the government launched a new campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the end of the transition period. The campaign will include the launch of a team offering one-to-one support in person or over the phone to businesses and their supply chains to minimise disruption to the movement of goods.

Latest articles and guides

The inclusion of an article, publication or online resource on this page does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement.

Exporting is Great: Advice

Practical exporting guidance for businesses from the UK Government's Department for International Trade.

UK internal market

A UK Government white paper setting out options to protect the flow of goods and services in the UK’s internal market.

The Border Operating Model

A UK Government policy paper on how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.

Brexit industry insights

Series of industry insights from Deloitte which summarise the implications of Brexit and provide practical guidance on the steps companies can take to prepare. Industries covered include: Travel and Aviation, Retail and Consumer Products, Food and Drink, Automotive, Logistics, Energy, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defence, Technology, Telecommunications, Media and Arts, Professional and Business Services.

Launch of digital tools for traders

Two new digital tools for businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market have been published by the Department for International Trade to help businesses following the departure of the UK from the EU. The 'Trade with the UK' tool provides up-to-date information on topics such as tariffs, taxes and rules. The 'Check how to export goods' tool provides UK exporters with information such as duties and customs procedures for over 160 markets around the world.

Brexit next steps: The transition period

The UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020 and enters a transition period lasting until the end of December 2020. This briefing from the House of Commons Library explains what will change during the transition period and what will remain the same.

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Brexit hubs have been established by professional firms, organisations and publications that provide regular updates on the latest steps towards exit from the European Union and the impact on businesses.


International law firm Eversheds offer a range of content on the key issues for businesses, including a series of guides on topics such as contracts and procurement.

Brexit - Legal Impact

Global law firm DLA Piper provides a series of publications offering an insight into the legal implications of the vote to leave the EU for businesses.

Brexit Essentials

The brexit hub from Slaughter and May offers a series of briefings which are designed to help senior executives in charge of legal, finance and risk determine the impact of the referendum and its outcome on their business.

Brexit Next: Legal Implications

Analysis, commentary and checklists from CMS Law-Now on the legal implications of a Brexit on businesses operating in, and trading with, the UK.

Brexit SI Tracker

The UK Government is in the process of publishing around 1000 amending statutory instruments (SIs) to ensure that the UK’s laws and regulations will function effectively after the UK exits the EU. This tool, developed by Linklaters, is designed to help businesses identify SIs which could affect the markets they operate in.

Brexit: the legal implications

Microsite from Simmons & Simmons which offers analysis of the legal consequences of Brexit and its impact on business activities.

Business Wales

Brexit portal from Business Wales featuring support on seven topics (business strategy and operations, innovation, sales and marketing, export, people management, finance and other support).

CIPD: Brexit

Brexit hub from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), containing resources and guidance to help businesses support their workforce.

Institute of Directors: Brexit

Brexit portal from the Institute of Directors with a specific focus on the issues that directors be thinking about in the aftermath of the vote for Brexit.

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Trade and professional press

Articles from the trade and professional press on Brexit are available to logged-in ICAEW members and ACA students through the Business Source Corporate database. This includes articles on the next steps following Britain’s decision to leave the EU and an assessment of the impact in different sectors.

Please login to the website to view the latest articles.

Help and support from the Library

The ICAEW Library & Information Service maintains a large collection of resources that can help you with the different issues and opportunities arising from the EU referendum decision. The wide range of topics covered includes exchange rates, export and supply chain management.

Articles and books

The collection of articles and books held by the library on the UK exit from the European Union is growing as the professional press consider the implications and the practical steps that can be taken now. 

Selected titles

Expatriate employees: Brexit
Tolley's Tax Digest ; no. 204
Sullivan, A (Lexis-Nexis, 2019)
Digest which aims to provide comprehensive coverage of the position of UK-outbound and UK-inbound employees affected by the UK leaving the EU.

Company law update : governance, distributions and Brexit
Accountants Digest ; no.651
Duvall, D (Croner-i, 2019)
Digest covering a range of recent and potential future changes to company law, including the impact of Brexit in the context of the company law amendments made in early 2019.

If you wish to see any of the material listed in our catalogue please contact the library enquiry team by telephone on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat or by email at library@icaew.com


ICAEW members, Business and Finance Professionals, ACA students and Forensic & Expert Witness/Valuation Community subscribers can access the overview of BVB Insights: Data and analysis on UK private company multiples as a free member benefit. The 2019 edition of this annual publication looks at how deal multiples have fared two years on from the EU referendum.

Specialist databases

The library offers access to international accountancy, business, law and tax databases that include further articles and analysis following the EU referendum result and information that can help you explore new business opportunities.

If you are visiting Chartered Accountants’ Hall you can access these databases directly through the computers in the Business Centre. Alternatively, the enquiry team can search the databases on your behalf and supply the most appropriate material by email (subject to licences).

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