Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January, and EU law, including on procurement, will continue to apply in the UK until 31 December 2020. If your business is involved in the flow of people, data, goods or services between the UK and the EU, you need to act now and make the necessary changes. Most of these changes will be required regardless of the agreement we reach with the EU on our future relationship, because the UK will be leaving the single market and customs union. The Supplier Development Programme will update these resources for Scottish SMEs and supported businesses in relation to the UK's exit from the European Union as they become available.

How can I prepare my business for Brexit with regard to procurement?

Download this resource:

  • Brexit: Are you ready? This resource from Brodies contains a checklist for businesses to assess how ready they are for the end of the Brexit transition period, and raises awareness about the possibilities around "no deal" tariffs.

Scottish Government Procurement also publishes up-to-date advice. Visit:

How can I prepare my business for Brexit more generally?

The UK Government has published additional resources, including a simple tool on gov.uk/transition now to understand the comprehensive changes for your business, and for a personalised summary of the actions you need to take. You can sign up for sector-specific webinars and watch videos on topics including importing, exporting and the customs clearance process online.

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU if you do not comply with the relevant goods regulations and standards from 1 January 2021. To identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, you must ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Additional resources are available on getting ready to make customs declarations, checking if a visa or work permit is required to travel to the EU for work purposes, and if you are planning to recruit from overseas from 1 January 2021, registering as a licensed visa sponsor through Business Gateway and the PrepareforBrexit.scot website.

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