BCCG Brexit advice and information: The UK has voted to leave the EU in a referendum on 23 June 2016, with 51.9% to leave vs. 48.1% to remain. Brexit due date was extended from March to 31 October 2019. On this page, you will find Brexit related news, links and articles.

Brexit Advice:
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BCCG members are engaged in the following Brexit expert groups:

1) Automotive and Industry
2) Banking/Financial Services
3) Legal Issues
4) Energy/Renewables
5) Professional Services/Tax
6) Start-ups
7) Trade

Date / Information
01 Dec 2020
Points-based immigration system opens
Applications for the new skilled worker visa open today (1 December), meaning the brightest and the best from around the world can now apply to work in the UK from 1 January 2021.

Read detailed information here.
05 Nov 2020
UK Borders and Trade: Letter to VAT-registered businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU
Dear Customer,

With fewer than 70 days to go – including the Christmas period – until new trading rules apply, you need to act now to continue trading with Europe from 1 January 2021.

We understand that these are challenging times, but it is important to make sure that your business is ready for these new rules. Time is running out and new customs and tax rules will not change or go away if a Free Trade Agreement is negotiated. [...]

Read the full letter here.
03 Nov 2020
by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (Bremen)
Brexit Beyond 2020 Webinar: 5. Nov. - 14:00 h
KPMG is delighted to invite you to session two of our two-part Trade & Customs series on Brexit Beyond 2020, to be held virtually on Thursday 5 November between 2:00pm – 4:00pm GMT. As we approach the end of the Brexit transition period, our upcoming session will provide guidance on navigating the challenges around Brexit, when importing into the UK, and how to ensure your operations keep moving in a post-transition world.
Despite the current uncertainty, we can expect there to be significant impact on businesses whether there is a deal or not. Businesses will need to try and ensure their operations can continue with minimal impact on costs and to the customer - this is difficult at the best of times, but with the end of the Brexit-transition coupled with the impacts of COVID-19, we want to ensure our clients are as prepared as they can be.
From a customs perspective there is still time to act now to soften the impact on the supply chain and to try and maintain a competitive advantage. Topics to be covered during the session include:

14:00-14:10: Welcome & Introduction.
14:10–14:25: Political Overview (UK & EU)
14:25–14:45: What are the challenges for Trade & Customs as a result of UK-EU Negotiations?
14:45–15:15: An explanation of the new customs formalities in the UK, as detailed by the new UK Border Operating Model.
15:15–15:30: The Indirect Tax impacts to be aware of and potential mitigation strategies.
15:30–15:45: What actions can you take now through to the 1 July 2021, where UK import easements will end.
15:45–16:00: Q&A with our panel of experts.

Register to join the webinar on 05 November at 14:00, where our panel of experts talk through tangible actions you can take to mitigate risk, minimise disruption and maintain your reputation.

Please register for the event.
27 Oct 2020
IHK Düsseldorf: UK after Brexit! Das Ende der Übergangsphase rückt näher
Wie ist der aktuelle Verhandlungsstand nach dem Brexit?
Nachdem Großbritannien am 29. März 2017 den formellen Antrag auf Austritt aus der Europäischen Union gestellt hatte ist Großbritannien nach mehrerern Aufschüben am 31. Januar 2020 aus der EU ausgetreten. Das lang umstrittene Brexit-Austrittsabkommen ist letztlich vom britischen Parlament angenommen worden. Es wurde eine Übergangsregelung bis zum 31.12.2020 vereinbart.

Lesen Sie hier die vollständigen Informationen.
24 Oct 2020
by Squire Patton Boggs (Berlin)
Brexit: UK VAT - No Relief for Cross-border Sellers
The UK will leave the EU VAT area at the end of the Transition period on 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, there will be fundamental changes to the VAT treatment of goods arriving into Great Britain.

The changes are intended to ensure that goods imported from EU and non-EU countries are all treated in the same way and that UK producers are not disadvantaged. However, the change means that any business that imports goods from the EU will be significantly impacted.

This alert looks at the basics and highlights, in particular, some of the implications for direct sellers and online marketplaces (OMP).

Read the full article here
22 Oct 2020
Presentation: Border Formalities between GB and the EU at the end of the Transition Period
PDF Presentation: Border formalities between GB and the EU at the end of the Transition Period
22 Oct 2020
DIT Update: Handel mit dem Vereinigten Königreich ab 1. Januar 2021 für Unternehmen mit Sitz in der EU
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021.

Read detailed information and updates here.
15 Oct 2020
News from DIT: Prepare your business for UK Trade: January 2021
The UK has left the EU. On 31 December 2020, the transition period will end and the UK will leave the EU customs union and single market. This Information is designed to help EU businesses understand some of the steps they may need to take to continue trading with the UK from January.
Read detailed information here.
Die vollständigen Informationen finden Sie hier.
14 Oct 2020
The OMFIF Podcast
Brexit: what next? Peter Foster, public policy editor at the Financial Times, and David Marsh, OMFIF Chairman, discuss the consequences of the internal market bill for the Brexit negotiations. They assess the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit and what shape the EU-UK relationship could take after 31 December.

Listen to the Podcast of OMFIF here.
12 Oct 2020
Changes Importing and Exporting Goods - The Border with the EU
On 13 July 2020, the first iteration of the Border Operating Model was published setting out the core model that all importers and exporters will need to follow from January 2021 as well as the additional requirements for specific products such as live animals, plants, products of animal origin and high-risk food not of animal origin. We also provided important details of Member State requirements as traders and the border industry will need to ensure they are ready to comply with these, and not just GB requirements. Indeed, as set out in the recently published ‘Reasonable Worst Case Scenario’ assumptions, it is largely the level of readiness for Member State requirements which will determine whether there is disruption to the flow of goods at the end of the transition period. This is why we have included additional signposting to those requirements throughout the document, and are encouraging all GB businesses not just to ensure their own readiness but also the readiness of EU businesses to whom they export, and throughout their supply chains.
Since July we have been working closely with industry to further develop our plans for the end of the transition period, and also to respond to industry questions since the publication of the first iteration of the Border Operating Model. This latest iteration of the Border Operating Model provides additional information in a number of key areas as set out below as well as clarifying a number of questions from industry. On the opposite page is a navigation guide to help readers clearly identify where we have added in new content from the first iteration of the model.

For further informations please click here.
11 Oct 2020
EU Settlement scheme important information
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family members need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.
EU Settlement scheme important information
05 Oct 2020
Joint Statement by Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, spoke about the state of play in the negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Read the full statement here.
05 Oct 2020
Lord Frost statement after Round 9 of the negotiations
Lord David Frost, UK Chief Negotiator, said:
“We have just completed the ninth Round of our negotiations with the EU about our future relationship.
“These were constructive discussions conducted in a good spirit.
“In many areas of our talks, although differences remain, the outlines of an agreement are visible. This is true of most of the core areas of a trade and economic agreement – notably trade in goods and services, transport, energy, social security, and participation in EU programmes. This has however been true for some time.
“I am also encouraged that progress has been possible on a law enforcement agreement and that there has been convergence on the structure of the overall partnership.
“In other areas familiar differences remain. On the level playing field, including subsidy policy, we continue to seek an agreement that ensures our ability to set our own laws in the UK without constraints that go beyond those appropriate to a free trade agreement. There has been some limited progress here but the EU need to move further before an understanding can be reached. On fisheries the gap between us is unfortunately very large and, without further realism and flexibility from the EU, risks being impossible to bridge. These issues are fundamental to our future status as an independent country.
“I am concerned that there is very little time now to resolve these issues ahead of the European Council on 15 October.
“For our part, we continue to be fully committed to working hard to find solutions, if they are there to be found.”

Read more here:
05 Oct 2020
Statement by Michel Barnier following Round 9 of negotiations for a new partnership between the EU and the UK
The ninth round of negotiations on a future partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom took place this week in Brussels.
Across the 11 negotiating tables, with discussions held in a constructive and respectful atmosphere, we noted:
• points of convergence, most of which had already been recorded in previous rounds, in particular on some aspects of trade in goods, services and investment, civil nuclear cooperation, and participation in Union programmes;
• positive new developments on some topics such as aviation safety, social security coordination, and the respect of fundamental rights and individual freedoms, which are a pre-condition for our future police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters;
• a lack of progress on some important topics like the protection of personal data, climate change commitments or carbon pricing;
• as well as persistent serious divergences on matters of major importance for the European Union.

We recall once again that any agreement on an economic partnership with the United Kingdom requires:
1. Solid, long-term guarantees of open and fair competition. Our new economic partnership must be underpinned by clear rules. These rules must be operational and credible. That requires effective enforcement mechanisms, in particular on State aid, and a commitment towards non-regression from social, fiscal, environmental and climate standards. This is possible while fully respecting the regulatory autonomy and sovereignty of both parties.
2. An efficient governance framework, based on a comprehensive agreement, with robust enforcement and dispute settlement mechanisms, as well as effective remedies. This is naturally even more important following the UK government's introduction of the « Internal Market Bill», which breaches its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.
3. A stable, sustainable and long-term agreement on fisheries, enabling the United Kingdom to further develop its fishing opportunities, while ensuring the sustainable use of resources and protecting the activities of European fishermen and women.
To reach an agreement, these divergences must necessarily be overcome over the next weeks.

We will continue to maintain a calm and respectful attitude, and we will remain united and determined until the end of these negotiations.

Read the full statement here:
30 Sept 2020
Help and support if your business trades with the EU
From 1 January the way we trade with the EU will change. To buy or sell from the EU you will need to follow new customs rules or you will not be able to continue to trade. These important actions are required regardless of the outcome of negotiations with the EU and whether or not the government secures a Free Trade Agreement.

Read detailed information here.
29 Sept 2020
Support service for Northern Ireland trade goes live
The UK government is urging businesses to sign up to new Trader Support Service with fewer than 100 days until end of Transition period.

Read detailed information here.
29 Sept 2020
Protecting food and drink names from 1 January 2021
What food and drink producers with ‘geographical indication’ (GI) protection need to know from 1 January 2021.

Read detailed information here.
25 Sept 2020
Passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021
Until 1 January 2021, you can continue to travel to Europe with your UK passport until it expires.

New rules will apply for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.

Read detailed information here.
24 Sept 2020
List of customs agents and fast parcel operators
Most people use customs agents to deal with customs for them. Customs agents and fast parcel operators on this list are not approved or recommended by HMRC.

It can be complicated to submit import and export customs declarations, so you may want to use a company which specialises in this area.

These include:

customs agents and brokers
freight forwarders
shipping companies
fast parcel operators (for example, couriers or next-day parcels services)
agents who specialise in a certain industry, for example fresh foods or pharmaceuticals

Find out more about customs agents and fast parcel operators.
23 Sept 2020
NRW News: Austausch mit der Auslandsgesellschaft
Zu der 10. Sitzung der Parlamentariergruppe Großbritannien durfte der Vorsitzende Henning Höne Vertreter der Auslandsgesellschaft e. V. aus Dortmund im Landtagsgebäude willkommen heißen. Präsident Klaus Wegener, Dr. Kai Pfundheller und Felizia von Schweinitz berichteten von den Aktivitäten der Auslandsgesellschaft in Bezug auf Städtepartnerschaften nordrhein-westfälischer Kommunen mit Städten im Vereinigten Königreich. Vor dem Hintergrund des Brexits sei es der Geschäftsstelle Städtepartnerschaften in Kooperation mit der Staatskanzlei NRW ein großes Anliegen, Partnerschaften zwischen Städten im Vereinigten Königreich und NRW als ein Rückgrat zivilgesellschaftlicher, europäischer Verständigung zu fördern und damit einer Verschlechterung der deutsch-britischen Beziehungen entgegenzuwirken.

Kern der bisherigen Arbeit der Geschäftsstelle stellt eine Befragung der NRW-Kommunen zur Ermittlung des Zustands der Beziehungen dar. Demnach beurteilen 4 % der befragten Kommunen die Partnerschaft als sehr lebendig, 33 % als lebendig, 31 % als durchschnittlich, 24 % als wenig lebendig und 8 % als inaktiv. In Bezug auf den Brexit urteilen die meisten Kommunen, dieser habe sich weder positiv noch negativ auf die Beziehungen ausgewirkt, und auch mit Blick auf die Zukunft erwartet eine Mehrheit keine Einflüsse auf die Zusammenarbeit.

Unter den Anwesenden – zu Gast waren außerdem Generalkonsul Rafe Courage, Mark Roberts (British Chamber of Commerce) sowie Martin Flasche (Staatskanzlei) – bestand dennoch Einigkeit darüber, dass der Brexit größere Bemühungen um die deutsch-britischen Beziehungen nach sich ziehen müsse. In diesem Zusammenhang zitierte Dr. Pfundheller den anwesenden Mark Roberts aus einem vorangegangenen Treffen: „Es wird schwieriger, also müssen wir noch mehr arbeiten.“

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Artikel hier.

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