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Brexit Negotiations Update

At the time of writing (November 2018) Brexit negotiations are in full swing and the potential for a breakthrough ebbs and flows on a nearly daily basis. The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) will be keeping this page up to date with the latest high level overview of Brexit negotiations.


 

The latest high level overview of Brexit negotiations, what will happen next and what it means for businesses.

  • 23rd June 2016: Brexit referendum takes place (Leave: 51.9%, Remain: 48.1%).
  • 29th March 2017: UK activates Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty giving the UK two years to negotiate the terms of its exit from the EU.
  • 8th December 2017: UK & EU announce they have reached a shared position on the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK & the “divorce bill”/financial settlement to be paid by the UK (to be formalised in the final Withdrawal Deal)
  • 14th November 2018: Prime Minister Theresa May reveals the draft Withdrawal Agreement & Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU to her Cabinet. Cabinet collectively approve progressing with the proposed deal.
  • 25th November 2018: Summit of EU Leaders expected to take place to formalise their acceptance of the Withdrawal Deal and Political Declaration.
  • December 2018/January 2019: Withdrawal Deal and Political Declaration expected to be returned to EU and UK Parliaments for debate. UK Parliament to hold a “meaningful vote” on whether they accept the deal.
  • TBC: (If a Withdrawal Deal is agreed) The EU and UK will begin formally negotiating the detailed terms of their future relationship post-Brexit.
  • 29th March 2019: The UK is expected to leave the EU and (if a Withdrawal Deal is agreed) transition period begins.
  • 31st December 2020: (if a Withdrawal Deal is agreed) the transition period ends and the UK’s new relationship with the EU begins the next day.

At present, the Brexit timeline could shift significantly if the UK Parliament rejects the proposed Withdrawal Deal. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

For more information on the draft Withdrawal Deal and Political Declaration click here for “Brexit FAQs” from the British Chambers of Commerce.


 

What we know so far

Henrietta Brealey

Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships

As you can see there are a number of unknowns in the Brexit Timeline. If there is a “no deal Brexit” (i.e. the UK Parliament rejects the Withdrawal Deal currently on the table and is unable to negotiate a new one in time) there is still a risk that as of the 29th March 2019 the UK could leave the EU without any sort of deal. We would then move straight into being a “third nation” (in essence: no preferential market access at all – a “hard Brexit” scenario).

At the GBCC we are still confident that common sense will prevail and a Withdrawal Agreement will be reached in time to avoid this scenario however there is no denying that time is running out.

In addition, while businesses do want to know the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (and have confirmation that the proposed transition period will go ahead) it is the future relationship between the UK and EU that concerns many the most. This will provide the clarity that businesses need on market access, employment and more. The draft Political Declaration has provided some indication of the direction of travel, however it is very high level and all still subject to negotiation and agreement. Which, as we’ve seen with the Withdrawal Deal, is no easy business.

After months of seeming stasis in negotiations this is now a fast moving agenda but one that has yet to yield the clarity businesses need. Many businesses are not willing to take the risk and wait before starting to prepare, given how little time remains before the 29th March. 

If your business is starting or accelerating its efforts to prepare for Brexit, you may benefit from completing your free GBCC Brexit Health Check. This tool uses the information you provide to create a bespoke report highlighting the Brexit related risks or changes that your organisation should be aware of, where to go for the latest information on key scenarios and tips and resources for preparing for Brexit.

Complete Your Free Brexit Health Check


 

Chamber Brexit Manifesto

The GBCC, along with the British Chambers of Commerce, continue to lobby stakeholders for more clarity for businesses on the future post-Brexit. Our GBCC Brexit Manifesto outlines what businesses need to see from both Brexit negotiations and domestic policy in order to best succeed and grow.

Download the GBCC Brexit Manifesto


 

Brexit Facts & Stats

The GBCC has a wealth of information on businesses’ views on Brexit and the region’s relationship with the EU. Our Brexit Facts & Stats brings this all together in one place and is a great resource for those researching Brexit for business planning or policy purposes.

View Brexit Facts & Stats


 

How can the Chamber support my business?

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce can help your business navigate Brexit:

  • Events & Training: Find out more about our Brexit events and training opportunities including free Brexit Clinics and formal training in key areas such as Trusted Trader Schemes (Authorised Economic Operator or AEO) here.
  • Support: Our International Business Hub offers comprehensive support for businesses looking to start and grow their exports and understand changes in market access. Find out more here. The GBCC are delivery partners in the GBS LEP and Staffordshire Growth Hubs – your one stop shop for advice on the support available to grow your business find out more here.
  • Membership: If you are a Chamber Member, speak to your relationship manager about introductions to fellow Chamber members who can help you build your post-Brexit strategy and ask about member discounts on events, training and services. Find out more about Chamber membership here.
  • Services: Our Export Documentations and Translations teams provide essential services for businesses trading internationally. Find out more here.

If you would like: more information on how the GBCC can support businesses through Brexit, to provide a case study on your Brexit preparations, to recommend a speaker for a GBCC Brexit event, to request a GBCC speaker on Brexit or to enquire about sponsoring Brexit related research please leave your contact details below: