Business Advice

Preparing for Brexit

Brexit will affect businesses in many ways. The UK will not now leave the European Union on 31 October 2019. A flexible extension has been agreed which will run until 31 January 2020.  The UK could leave before this deadline if a deal is approved by the UK Parliament. Brexit will take place on the first day of the month following the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, or on 1 February 2020, whichever is the earliest.

Businesses are being encouraged to prepare for Brexit as it may have an effect on the way businesses operate beyond the exit date.

Businesses are encouraged to refer to the Prepare for Brexit website which provides all Scottish businesses with advice and information.  The site contains a range of support tools and information, and links to events, webinars, and other resources.

The HM Government website provides information and advice on the following:

  • Employing EU citizens
  • Importing, Exporting and Transporting
  • Operating in the EU
  • Regulation and Standards for Products and Goods
  • Using Personal Data
  • European and Domestic Funding
  • Intellectual Property
  • Energy and Climate
  • Public Sector Procurement

The Federation of Small Businesses has provided some advice and guidance on Brexit for small businesses.

No deal

A ‘no deal’ Brexit is still a realistic possibility, either on 31 January 2020 or at the end of the transition period.  It’s critical that businesses urgently assess the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit and take necessary action to safeguard their growth and the future of Scotland’s economy.  This checklist  gives information on what you need to do for your business should the UK leave the EU with no deal.

The Scottish Government have produced a package of support to help EU citizens stay in Scotland.  The ‘Stay in Scotland’ package includes:

  • a ‘Stay in Scotland’ toolkit to support EU citizens and employers with EU staff which includes a factsheet, digital content and guides.
  • £250,000 of dedicated resource for community based support across Scotland
  • a support and advice service for all citizens affected by the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, resident in Scotland with more complex needs or particular challenges. The service is delivered by Citizens Advice Scotland. Part of the service is a full-time national helpline available on: 0800 916 9847. Lines are open 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday. More information is available at:

The information provided above was accurate at time of publication.