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Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU in the June 2016 referendum, BSRIA has become involved in various initiatives to support its members and the wider industry. BSRIA is working with industry bodies to help present a united view from construction, conducting surveys to gather industry views and holding events to gauge concerns and discuss opportunities and threats.
BSRIA has collated past journal abstracts to review our journey from the Referendum in 2017 to where we are now. We have also compiled a collection of links to publicly available guidance and advice from Government and industry sources to help your organisation ‘prepare’ for Brexit. The document is available for download here.
Following the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period at 11pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day), the UK Government has been reissuing a number of Brexit webpages and guidance documents, collating existing stakeholder and sectoral guidance on legal and practical changes taking effect from 1 January 2021.
Some of the key updated web pages since 1st January 2021, are as follows:
Brexit Bulletin—EU Environment Sub-Committee considers TCA impact on food, environment, energy and healthUK Government, 23rd March 2021The House of Lords EU Environment Sub-Committee has published its report on the subject of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and what it means for food trade, fisheries, environment and climate change, energy and carbon pricing, chemicals and health. This is the second in a series of five reports that consider the future relationship between the UK and the EU.Click to view
The UK Cabinet Office has published a policy paper setting out the provisional common framework on public procurement. UK Government, 23rd March 2021The ‘Public Procurement Common Framework’ sets out proposals jointly developed and agreed between the UK government and devolved administrations regarding co-operation arrangements in domestic and international public procurement policy and legislation, following the end of the Brexit transition period.Click to view
The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on making the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) fully operational. Council of the EU, 18th March 2021Non-EU citizens travelling through the Schengen area who are exempt from visa requirements will have to register and obtain authorisation before travelling once ETIAS is in place.Click to view
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published updated guidance for stakeholders. Lexis Nexis, HMRC. 17th March 2021Subjects covered in the updated HMRC guidance include the date for submitting safety and security declarations for imports into Great Britain from some countries being changed from 1 July 2021 to 1 January 2022, and the added email address for sending quarterly reports.Click to view PDF
The Cabinet Office has published its integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, entitled ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’, The UK Government, 16th March 2021The strategy is described as a ‘comprehensive articulation’ of the UK’s national security and international policy.Click to view
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that the Brexit support fund for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)The UK Government, HMRC, 16th March 2021The Fund is now open for applications. SMEs can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to support them while adapting to new rules on trading with the EU.Click to view
EU and International Trade UpdateConfederation of British Industry (CBI), 19th February 2021The CBI has been working closely with businesses in 2021 to identify the key challenges they face adjusting to the new trading relationship between the UK and the EU.Click to view
BCC Brexit survey: Half of UK exporters report difficulties adapting to changes relating to EU-UK goods tradeBritish Chambers of Commerce, 11th February 2021Click to view
Environment Agency’s obligations after BrexitInterview by Lexis Nexis, 11th February 2021Environment analysis: Gethin Thomas, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, discusses the Environment Agency’s (EA) obligations and responsibilities post Brexit (after the end of the Brexit transition period), in particular in relation to waste exports and ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Click to view
Brexit-hit businesses need customs clarity, delayed deadlines, MPs toldLexis Nexis, 9th February 2021Brexit-hit UK companies need better guidance on customs rules as they risk failing to keep the correct records to avoid duties. Rules of origin (which dictate when a good can enter a foreign market tariff-free, depending on how much of the product was made in the exporting country) have become the biggest problem for EU-UK trade since IP completion day, and ‘cowboy’ companies are offering advice that could hurt businesses even more.Click to view
UK construction loses a quarter of its EU-born workforceConstruction News, 22nd January 2021The number of European Union-born workers in the UK construction industry dropped by more than a quarter in 12 months. Click to view
The links below provide more details of BSRIA’s guidance and work since the Brexit vote and will be updated with future developments:
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