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Brexit – Are you ready?

2020 has been a challenging year for most businesses. We have had to adapt quite quickly to new ways of working and many businesses have sadly not survived.

In addition to covid-19 during 2020 it has also been the transition year for Brexit and this will also affect many businesses. The transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and there will be new rules to follow from 1 January 2021. Unless you take action, there may be a risk that your business operations are interrupted. There are actions that you can take now to prepare for this.

Importing and Exporting

If your business imports/exports between the EU and Great Britain you need to make yourself aware of the new rules which will apply from 01 January 2021.

  • you’ll need to make customs declarations when you import or export goods from the EU
  • the rules for importing and exporting some types of goods will change, you may need import licences or certificates
  • you can charge customers VAT at 0% (known as ‘zero rate’) on most goods you export to the EU.
  • There will be some labelling changes for certain goods.

Check what licences and certificates you may need for importing and exporting goods.

Recruiting from Overseas

If you recruit from overseas or are planning to do so, you may not legally be able to do this if you do not have a license. There will also be requirements that new employees from outside the UK will need to meet.

You can check and apply for licenses now.

To find out about all the changes that may affect you, visit: https://www.gov.uk/transition

If you need help and advice on any Employment Law issues, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and litigation practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide. Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here. 

Jennifer Hoult
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