Brexit Useful Links

Brexit: update and useful links

Withdrawal agreement and Political Declaration

Latest updates

Extension to leaving date

Following a request by Prime Minister Theresa May, the European Council agreed on Thursday 21 March to extend the UK’s departure date to 22 May 2019, provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons by 29 March 2019 at the latest.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons by then, the European Council has agreed to an extension until 12 April 2019. In that scenario, the United Kingdom would be expected to indicate a way forward before this date.

This means that if the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified by Friday 29 March, a “no-deal” scenario may occur on 12 April.


Brexit preparedness

The European Commission has announced that it has completed its “no-deal” preparations.


Returned Goods Relief

Goods must usually be re-imported within 3 years of the date of the original export to qualify for Returned Goods Relief, although a waiver is possible. The full eligibility requirements for waiver of the 3 year time limit are set out in paragraph 2.5.

Longer periods will be considered on application to:

NIRU, Dorchester House, 52-58 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7WF

Telephone: 0300 322 7065



Healthcare advice for UK travellers in the event of a no-deal EU Exit

The UK has made an offer to EU member states and EFTA states to maintain the existing healthcare arrangements, in both a deal or no-deal scenario, until 31 December 2020. This would mean that we will continue to pay for healthcare costs for current or former UK residents for whom the UK has responsibility who are living or working in or visiting the EU.

Country-specific guidance is available on NHS.UK.


Continued EU access for UK airlines, hauliers and bus and coach operators agreed

EU Ministers today (19 March 2019) formally adopted laws which mean UKairlines, hauliers and passenger bus and coach operators will continue to be able to provide services to and from the EU in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

For UK hauliers, this means permits will not be required for the vast majority of journeys to the EU until the end of 2019. ECMT permits will enable hauliers to transit the EU to third countries.


Useful links


Withdrawal agreement and Political Declaration


No deal scenario


Public Information Campaign

The public information campaign home page has links to further information for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK.

Prepare for EU Exit

Technical Notices



Further information can be found here on the rights of EU citizens to stay in the UK.

EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit

Citizen’s rights policy paper


More details on the proposed future immigration system is here:

The UK’s future skills-based immigration system

Immigration in a no deal scenario


Visits to the UK – no visa required for stays of less than 3 months.

European Temporary Leave to Remain in UK


Visits to the EU – no visa required for short stays

UK nationals travelling to the EU: essential information.

UK residents visiting the EU/EEA: includes info about the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).


Customs and borders

These links are useful for information about sending works of art and other museum objects to EU member states, and also on acquisition of items such as food and merchandise.

Partnership pack

Trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

Trading with the EU Technical Notice

Existing trade agreements

Business preparedness


Changes at the border

Arts, Sports and Culture sectors: changes at the border and information.

Business in a no deal EU Exit: Changes at the UK border in 60 seconds

Intermediaries in a no deal EU Exit: Changes at the UK border in 60 seconds

Moving goods to and from the UK through ro-ro pots or the Channel Tunnel


VAT and tax issues

HMRC no deal Brexit advice

Customs, VAT and Excise regulations: leaving EU with no deal

Customs procedures

Returned Goods Relief

VAT IT systems rules and processes

Accounting for import VAT



Guidance for visitors to the UK if there is a no deal Brexit

UK nationals travelling to the EU

Flights from the EU to the UK

Air services from the EU to the UK



Cultural object licences

Arts Council export licensing



Data protection and intellectual property

Further information is provided here on what needs to be done to ensure that data protection laws are complied with.

ICO guidance

ICO interactive tool

Data protection

Data protection law

Amendments to UK Data Protection Law

Intellectual Property.

IP and Brexit: the facts


European Data Protection Board

Information note on data transfers in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Information note on Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) for companies which have the ICO as Lead Supervisory Authority.



Guidance on .eu domain names



The UK Government will guarantee EU projects agreed before the UK leaves the EU.

HM Government EU funding guarantee


The Government and the Bank of England published economic analysis.

HM Government EU Exit long-term economic analysis

Bank of England EU withdrawal scenarios and monetary and financial stability


European Commission

The European Commission published guidance on preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU.

Implementing the European Commission’s contingency action plan


Arts Council England

The Arts Council England have published guidance on EU Exit.

Arts Council England EU Exit guide


Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

The Arts Council of Wales has published guidance on the implications of Brexit.

Assessing the Implications of Brexit for the Arts


Museums Association

The Museums Association issued a statement on no deal Brexit.