The British government has released a 10-point checklist for companies that provide digital, technology and computer services on the best way to prepare for a No Deal Brexit. With a fast-approaching deadline on the 31st of October, it remains to be seen whether the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal.
Brexit will have a huge impact on businesses who rely heavily on data transfers and dealing with personal data. The uncertainty of the outcome over the past two years has had an immense impact on business operations and planning for many companies. If the UK exits the EU without a deal, many UK businesses will need to comply with the same processes as the rest of the world when trading with EU countries.
The 10-point checklist recently published by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport outlines areas of priorities for companies:
- Your Employees
- Your data
- Your services
- Importing and exporting hardware between the UK and the EU.
Below are the major suggestions summarised.
1. Check if your employees need a visa or work permit. You or your employees may not be able to enter or work in some countries without the right visa or permit.
2. Ask your employees to check if they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to be allowed to stay in the country after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying in the case of No Deal Brexit is 31 December 2020.
3. Check what you need to do to make sure you can travel through the border of the country you are visiting. You and your employees may not be allowed to enter the EU if you cannot show you meet immigration rules.
4. Check if you need to change the way you access personal data from the EU/ EEA. If your organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, you should review your contracts to ensure you can continue to do so legally.
5. European Economic Area (EEA) countries have reporting requirements which you do not want to breach. Check if you need to change how you do your accounting and reporting.
Your services including online
6. Appoint a representative in the EU if you run a large UK-based online business providing digital services in the EU. You may be fined if you do not have a representative to help you meet online security standards.
7. Check if you need to change your contracts to provide licensed content outside the UK. In the case of No Deal Brexit, you may require extra copyright permissions.
Importing and exporting hardware
8. Get your business ready to import hardware from the EU to the UK after Brexit. Check what you need to do now in case the UK leaves without a deal.
9. Check if you need to appoint a representative in the EU and label your goods with your EU importer’s details. If you do not meet the requirements, you may not be able to export goods to the EU.
10. Get an EORI number that starts with GB to move your goods into or out of the EU. An EORI number is a European Union registration and identification number for businesses which import or export goods in or out of the EU. You will not be able to buy goods from or sell goods to the EU without an EORI number.
How useful is the checklist?
The issued checklist is a step in the right direction in getting businesses prepared for a No Deal Brexit. But there are concerns it does not provide clear cut guidance on steps and processes with many questions left unanswered.
Jamal Ahmed, lead Privacy and GDPR consultant at Kazient Privacy Experts comments, “Although the advice issued fails to offer pragmatic solutions and steps businesses need to take, what is clear is that UK businesses will need to appoint an EU representative if they want to be able to offer goods and services to the 500 million plus EU residents. I’m pleased that at least that’s one thing Kazient Privacy Experts can do to ease the burden of Brexit for UK businesses.”
You can find out more detailed information on the checklist including links for further reading here.
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