Preparing businesses for EU Exit: Defra advice pages

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The government has published information and guidance, and signposted an online tool, for farmers to find the latest information on EU Exit, how they will be affected, and the actions they can take to prepare.

Farmers are advised to access the tool at and to sign up to receive customised alerts.

The Defra pages contain information, guidance, and tools to support businesses to prepare for EU Exit.  Please follow these links for landing pages on: food and drink, farming, and vets. Defra will continue to provide updates and information on other topics that may affect farmers should we leave the EU without a deal.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance for businesses here. 

Labelling update: The UK has no control over how food labelling changes will be enforced outside the UK. The EU has issued guidance here confirming that labelling changes will need to be in place from exit day to export to its markets. Other non-EU countries may also require changes to be in place from exit day to export to their markets. The EU has also confirmed its definition of goods on the market. Read the EU’s guidance for goods on the EU market here.

The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published a set of communications resources on GOV.UK, to accompany the Partnership Pack.

These include a range of leaflets and videos that set out the key actions that businesses need to take to continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. There are also step-by-step guides and videos on importing and exporting. There is now a toolkit available to help you use these communications products to engage with local businesses, which you can access here.

This toolkit and the GOV.UK page will be updated regularly as new products become available. Please use this toolkit and the associated communications products to engage with local businesses and encourage them to prepare for changes at the border if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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