No deal Brexit preparations

Notwithstanding all the political drama of the last week, it remains unclear whether the UK Parliament will eventually approve a Brexit deal. This means that the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union on a no deal basis remains.

The Government has invested substantial sums in helping individuals and organisations prepare for the possibility of a no deal exit. The Government has recently put together a lengthy No Deal Readiness Report which sets out key changes. There is also an online checker which organisations can use to check what will change for them.

We have produced a summary for Charity Retail Association members which seeks to identify some of the key impacts of a no deal Brexit for charity retail. This summary can be accessed here.

The key direct impacts for charity retail are around people and imports. Changes to the rights of EU citizens to live and work in the UK will have an impact on the charity retail workforce. This will impact on both volunteers and paid staff. There will also be substantial changes for products being imported from the EU into to the UK and changes in the tariffs payable for items imported from the rest of the world.

The Government has put in place a range of special measures to reduce the disruption to trade across the Irish land border.

The full government no deal report can be found here.

The Charity Retail Associations summary of this advice can be found here.

Jonathan Mail
Head of Public Affairs
Charity Retail Association

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