Business

Brexit

General guidance

General advice on Brexit is available on the NI Direct and UK GOV.UK websites. There is also a dedicated Twitter account, @NIBrexitInfo, for NI related information.

NI Brexit information leaflet

Business advice

Invest NI, InterTrade Ireland and the NI Chamber have dedicated sections on their websites to provide help for businesses on Brexit. The UK Government also created an online Brexit readiness tool, as well as guides to importing and exporting.

We also provide a more general range of support for businesses and specific information about the potential impact of Brexit on food standards for importing and exporting.

Guidance for Non-Food Businesses

The UK has left the EU and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end on 31 December 2020.  To find out what preparations your business can make, you can use the Gov.UK Transition Checker tool.

At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol will take effect.  Guidance to support businesses engaging in the movement of goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol is available on the Gov.UK website's Moving goods under the Northern Ireland protocol.

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland you can sign up for the free Trader Support Service.

Grants

The UK Government has guaranteed existing EU funding until the end of 2020, and announced a replacement scheme for EU funding. The written statement and background to the scheme is available on the Parliament website.

EU Settlement Scheme

In January 2019, the UK Government announced a settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families. The scheme is designed to allow most EU citizens, who started living in the UK before 31 December 2020, to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The deadline for applying for the settlement scheme is 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Details on how to apply are available online.

The Home Office has provided grant funding to community organisations providing EU Settlement Scheme support. These include: 

Guidance for the food industry

As the UK prepares to leave the EU the Food Standards Agency has published guidance on the steps your business may need to take.

EU Exit Checklist

There will be new rules on how Northern Ireland businesses can operate from 1 January 2021.

This checklist highlights the key actions that businesses must take to get ready for the changes at the end of this year.

Read more on the NI Business Info website.

Trader Support Service

The Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force on 1 January 2021.

There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

You may want to sign up for the free Trader Support Service which:

• will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
• is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
• can complete declarations on your behalf

It can help if you:

• are moving the goods yourself
• act on behalf of someone
• send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or bring parcels into Northern Ireland from outside the UK

Sign up now using the Trader Support Service website here,