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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 decision to leave 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.

Information on a no-deal scenario

UK Government Technical Notices

The UK Government has published a series of technical notices which set out 'information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations.' More technical notices are expected. 

The Technical Notices are available from How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal along with an overview that puts the government’s technical notices in context. The papers published so far include applications for EU-funded programmes; banking; business regulations; insurance and financial services; energy regulation; environmental protection; farming; importing and exporting; intellectual property; personal data; tax; travel between the UK and EU; workplace rights..

The House of Commons library has also compiled a briefing titled 'What if there's no Brexit deal?' which summarises the current position with reference to the UK Governmant Technical notices and other papers previously released by government.

Support from HMRC

An extensive collection of material is available from HMRC focusing on the practical steps that businesses will need to take in the event of a 'no deal' scenario. This ranges from guidance affecting all businesses to guidance for niche sectors.

Credit rating agencies

The credit ratings agencies have published briefings on the potential rating pressure resulting from a no-deal Brexit which have been made available through their dedicated Brexit portals at Countdown to Brexit (S&P Global Ratings) and Credit Hotspot: Brexit (Fitch ratings).

Latest articles and guides

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

Employing EU nationals – Employer Toolkit launched

CMS Law Now 8 August 2018

Update from CMS Law Now on the employer toolkit launched by the UK Government. The briefing summarises the proposals and key dates, reminding employers that there is no obligation to provide employees with advice on their immigration status.

EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit

UK Government Summer 2018

The employer toolkit from the UK Government which is intended to provide employers with tools and information about the EU Settlement Scheme.

How to be an effective leader in times of change

People Management 6 April 2018

The authors look at the challenges associated with a high-profile change like Brexit and focus on the four basic needs that leaders should address to help manage anxiety among their employees.

Brexit workforce planning considerations

CIPD March 2018

Practical guide from CIPD which looks at the challenges Brexit could present to organisational staffing levels. The 20 page guide offers a model that can be used by companies to help determine their own Brexit resourcing strategy using workforce planning tools, techniques and analytics.

How two employers are preparing for Brexit

People Management 29 March 2018

People Management asks two employers reliant on staff from the continent how they are planning to cope if there is an exodus of EU workers in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote.

Legal guide to managing a migrant workforce

CIPD and Fragomen Worldwide 23 October 2017

Guide from CIPD in collaboration with Fragomen Worldwide which looks at the practical steps companies need to take to manage and support a migrant workforce through Brexit.

Life after the EU single market and customs union - Post-Brexit trade issues at the border

EEF, The manufacturers' organisation 12 October 2017

Briefing which offers a helpful introduction to tariffs and rules of origin, looks at the additional customs administration we might see at the UK border and discusses the option of applying for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. Includes a ‘Considerations for manufacturers’ flowchart which lists areas that manufacturers should audit across their supply chains to help them understand the impact of tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers.

Brexit preparations – Supply chain mapping

Linklaters March 2017

A short, practical guide to supply chain mapping from Linklaters which highlights the need for businesses to be proactive in reviewing their supply chains to help assess potential post-Brexit costs and risks.

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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: The Impact on Business

Company tracker from Bloomberg which looks at how Brexit is affecting businesses through analysis of earnings, news reports and public statements. The tracker looks at profits and prices; jobs and investment; deals; headquarter moves and winners.

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). The portal also includes a Brexit Toolkit which allows you assess your readiness for Brexit and produces a report which highlights areas you may need to address.

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.

New Law Journal

The New Law Journal's brexit hub offers a mixture of news, opinion and in-depth analysis of the legal developments surrounding the UK's departure from the EU.

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

Brexit implications for accountants
Accountants Digest ; no.628
Paul Bowyer (Wolters Kluwer, April 2017)
This digest will guide you around the breadth of implications facing accountants, covering corporate governance, audit, accounting, tax, VAT and employment.

Doing business after Brexit: A practical guide to the legal changes
Helen Tse (Bloomsbury Professional, August 2017)
This practical guide considers the legal issues arising out of Brexit and the issues that businesses are likely to face. The book suggests appropriate steps to mitigate risk and take advantage of any opportunities.

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 2018 edition of this annual publication looks at how deal multiples have fared one year 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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