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Brexit impact on industry sectors

The UK Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020. New rules apply from 1 January 2021. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources providing practical information for specific business and industry sectors.

Need to know

Sector specific Brexit transition actions

Government guidance for businesses explaining five actions they should take now, along with links to detailed sector-specific information. The guide covers the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional and business services, and retail sectors.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding. Free registration required.

Latest news and insights

Brexit planning: part of business resilience

21 October 2020: The Brexit conversation used to revolve largely around processing forms. Now it is more about the CFO grasping that Brexit is a key part of business resilience. This is this view of Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group.

Beyond Brexit: trade in services

House of Lords select committee report on the future UK-EU relationship on trade in services. Considers the crucial elements in the TCA affecting trade in services between the UK and the EU, together with areas where further agreement is required. Sectors covered: financial services; professional and business services; data and digital trade; the creative industries; research and education.

Brexit impact report

Report from the British Meat Processors Association examining the impact of the first three months of trading with the EU as a third country. The report seeks to differentiate between 'teething problems' and more serious impediments to trade that are affecting British companies.

Brexit impact report

Report from the British Meat Processors Association examining the impact of the first three months of trading with the EU as a third country. The report seeks to differentiate between 'teething problems' and more serious impediments to trade that are affecting British companies.

End of Brexit transition: chemicals regulation

Briefing paper from the House of Commons Library. Discusses the EU REACH regulations for chemicals, the impact of Brexit on the chemicals industry and UK Government plans for a separated UK REACH regime at the end of the transition period.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding. Free registration required.

Sector specific Brexit transition actions

Government guidance for businesses explaining five actions they should take now, along with links to detailed sector-specific information. The guide covers the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional and business services, and retail sectors.

Retail sector: end of transition period guidance

Guidance for the retail sector on new rules from 1 January 2021. It covers importing and exporting, selling goods, trading with the EU, workforce, providing services, R&D funding, regulations, and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding. Free registration required.

Sector specific Brexit transition actions

Government guidance for businesses explaining five actions they should take now, along with links to detailed sector-specific information. The guide covers the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional and business services, and retail sectors.

Supply chain resilience after Covid and Brexit

This 45-minute session with the Institute of Export and International Trade and Bibby Financial Services will update traders on the state of global trade as economies exit Covid-19 lockdowns and the UK adapts to new trade rules with the EU.

Beyond Brexit: trade in services

House of Lords select committee report on the future UK-EU relationship on trade in services. Considers the crucial elements in the TCA affecting trade in services between the UK and the EU, together with areas where further agreement is required. Sectors covered: financial services; professional and business services; data and digital trade; the creative industries; research and education.

The tourism sector from January 2021

Guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for the tourism sector from 1 January 2021. Areas covered include visiting Europe, visiting the UK, employees, data, services, movement of goods and EU funding.

Charities

The civil society sectors from January 2021

Guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for the civil society sectors, including charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Covers what to do before 1 January 2021 to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Letter to medicines and medical products suppliers: 30 March 2021

Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care. Provides industry and the wider supply chain with the latest advice and guidance in relation to contingency preparedness, initially put in place for the end of the Brexit transition period to help ensure the continuity of supply of medical goods into the UK.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding. Free registration required.

New guidance and information for industry from the MHRA

Guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for industry and organisations to follow from 1 January 2021. Areas covered include clinical trials, devices, importing and exporting, IT systems, legislation, licensing, pharmacovigilance and paediatrics.

Sector specific Brexit transition actions

Government guidance for businesses explaining five actions they should take now, along with links to detailed sector-specific information. The guide covers the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional and business services, and retail sectors.

Life sciences sector: end of transition period guidance

Guidance for the life sciences sector on new rules from 1 January 2021. It covers importing and exporting, selling goods, trading with the EU, workforce, providing services, R&D funding, regulations, IP, and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding. Free registration required.

Air, sea, road and rail transport between the UK and EU

Guidance published by GOV.UK for those working in the transport sector or travelling to the EU from 1 January 2021. Areas covered include: Bus and coach businesses and drivers; Freight, road transport businesses and commercial drivers; Visiting or living in the EU; Aviation and flying; Maritime and shipping; Rail.

Sector specific Brexit transition actions

Government guidance for businesses explaining five actions they should take now, along with links to detailed sector-specific information. The guide covers the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional and business services, and retail sectors.