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Preparing for Brexit
Preparing for Brexit

Preparing for Brexit


What businesses need to do


The UK Government has launched a ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign for tourism businesses to prepare for a possible no-deal scenario. Here’s some useful links and information you can use ahead of the deadline on 31 October 19.


The dedicated website takes users through a stepped questionnaire that will tailor information to suit you and your business, detailing the actions you will need to take.


Use HM Government’s 10-point checklist to understand what you need to do to prepare for no deal Brexit if you work in the tourism or hospitality business.


Register for your nearest Business Readiness event to get free help and advice on how to get your business ready for Brexit.


EU nationals working in the tourism industry


In the event of a no-deal, the UK Government and EU have agreed to protect the jobs and interests of EU nationals who are living and working in the UK.


EU nationals living and working in the UK are being encouraged to sign up to the to the EU Settlement Scheme. Other advice can be found on the UK Government Visas and Immigration website.


Download EU settlement employer toolkit from


Changes to managing data in a no-deal scenario


While there will be no immediate changes in the UK’s own data protection law and high data protection standards, you will need to make changes if your business operates across the EEA and/or exchanges personal data with partners in the EEA. 


If your organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, you should review your contracts and, where absent, including Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) or other Alternative Transfer Mechanisms (ATM) to ensure that you can continue to legally receive personal data from the EU/EEA.


For most organisations, especially SMEs, taking the required action isn’t costly and doesn’t always require specialist advice. 


VAT for businesses if there is a no deal


The UK Government has published guidance for businesses on how VAT will be impacted in the case of a no-deal Brexit. 


Additional links


Visit the website to find out information on how to:


Advice for visitors


Britain continues to provide a world-class visitor experience and welcome for the millions of visitors who travel here each year.


The UK Government has confirmed flights will continue to run smoothly after the UK leaves the EU on 31 October, whatever the circumstances. This ensures UK airlines can continue to operate to Europe, providing industry and holidaymakers with the certainty they need and ensure flights will continue after Brexit. 


EU nationals


Correct as of 20 September:


EU nationals will be able to continue to travel on ID cards, they will be phased out for travel to the UK during 2020. It is recommended that visitors who are citizens of current EU Member States and who have a valid passport use the e-gates to make entry quick and easy. Visitors who are citizens of current EU member states will continue to be able to travel without a visa. This will continue to be the case even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. 


Other nationals


Citizens of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea are permitted to use e-gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals. This is reducing queues and improving the flow of passengers and the overall experience at the UK border.


Further advice and guidance for visitors travelling to the UK after Brexit can be found on the website


The guidance covers: