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ACS Update - EU Exit Retail Sector Guidance

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published new guidance for the Retail Sector on Preparing For EU Exit. The guidance includes information on Importing and Exporting, Regulations and Standards, Employees and Personal Data. The guidance also signposts to the government tool, Prepare for EU Exit, which provides more detailed guidance on policy changes.

The new guidance recommends that retailers contact the organisation responsible for moving their goods, such as a haulage firm. In relation to employees, the guidance states that EU Citizens who are resident in the UK prior to 29th March 2019 will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, regardless of whether or not the UK secures a deal. To give further information to your employees or to help them apply for settled status, you can use the EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit. There will be a new skills-based immigration system from 1st January 2021.

ACS is a member of the Government’s Retail Sector EU Exit panel. Through this group we continue to engage closely with government officials about the negotiations and the impact of a no deal scenario on the convenience sector. We appreciate that this is a time of great uncertainty, and that there are lots of as yet unknown factors that will influence your business’s response to the UK leaving the EU.  We are seeking views from retailers on any action you have taken to prepare for a no deal scenario or any contact you have had with suppliers and wholesalers about no deal planning, and of course also keen to hear any questions you may have for us, or for government departments through us or directly. 

Please contact the ACS Public Affairs team on 01252 515001.