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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.

Brexit Business Readiness events

The UK Government has announced a series of free Brexit Business Readiness events to take place across the country, starting on 16 September 2019. The free events will combine a keynote address from senior government officials, advice stands and in-depth sessions to give businesses the information they need to get ready for Brexit.

Information on the dates and locations of the events can be found at Brexit Business Readiness Events website.

Information on a no-deal scenario

Information on a no-deal scenario from the UK Government, EU and other organisations has been moved to a dedicated page of Information on a no-deal scenario.

Latest articles and guides

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

Preparing for Brexit: Practical guidance for the plastics industry

Practical guidance to help the UK plastics industry prepare for Brexit. Topics include the effect of REACH and other regulations, rules of origin, CE Marking and UK Mark plus recycling. Published in October 2019 by the British Plastics Association in partnership with Squire Patton Boggs and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

No-deal guidance dashboard

Practical study published by the British Chambers of Commerce evaluating government no-deal guidance for businesses on critical operational issues. Results indicate a number of gaps in official Brexit guidance for businesses in the event of a no-deal outcome.

Brexit Food Hub

A hub dealing with issues facing the food and drink sector developed in partnership with 20 industry bodies. The hub includes practical information on borders and tariffs; imports and exports; transport; labeling and health marks; and immigration. Updated regularly.

Brexit – cross-border insolvency and restructuring

A short briefing looking at what impact a hard Brexit could have for cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. The authors consider what, if any, practical steps can be taken now. Updated in May 2019 to highlight developments since the original version was published.

Continuity planning for HR - Brexit and beyond

A practical guide intended to help businesses Identify HR risks arising from Brexit and plan for contingencies. Topics covered include supporting EU/EEA/Swiss employees in the UK; higher wage bill from currency fluctuations; reducing staffing to offset increased costs and delays; continuing to operate in the EU; business relocations; and keeping communications open with staff.

Let’s Talk Business

Online guide providing practical advice to SMEs on post-Brexit financing needs. The guide covers access to finance; managing cash flows; trading and making payments overseas; applying for finance; alternative options to bank finance.

Brexit and viability disclosures

An eight page briefing from Deloitte which provides a reminder of the requirements of the longer term viability statement and highlights the key challenges directors will face in their analysis. The briefing identifies some key areas of impact and questions for directors to consider.

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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 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.

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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

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.

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 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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