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The following information may be helpful in identifying solutions and promoting support packages to help businesses prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU.

The UK left the European Union on the 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period which will end on 31 December 2020. In January 2021 a new relationship with the EU will begin.
There will be changes after the transition period ends, whether or not an agreement is reached on the new relationship between the UK and the EU.

You can find more information on the transition period and what actions you may need to take at https://www.gov.uk/transition 

Stakeholder Event

The Department for the Economy is hosting an information stakeholder event covering the impact of EU Exit and the Northern Ireland Protocol on chemical regimes from 1st January 2021..
The online event on Monday 21st December will be from 2.00pm – 3.30pm. The event will be presented by speakers from the Health and Safety Executive (GB) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and will focus on the preparations NI businesses need to make in order to be compliant with these chemicals regimes on the 1st January 2021..
You can register for the event here

Future relationships between countries

Find out more information about how the future relationship between countries will work here Withdrawal Agreement

Living and working in Northern Ireland after the Transition Period

You can find information about what might change for people living and working in Northern Ireland on the NI Direct website 

EU citizens, resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, and their family members (including non-EU citizens) need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.
For more information visit  https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Moving goods under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

For information on any changes to legislation, checks and imports and export arrangements go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-goods-under-the-northern-ireland-protocol

Changes for Agri-Food Goods

The Food Standards Agency 
If your business deals in food, or animal feed, it is your responsibility to make sure it is safe. The Food Standards Agency provides information on their site:  https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/the-uk-transition

Food Labelling changes

Leaving the EU will mean there will be changes to how we label food we produce or bring into Northern Ireland.  Updated guidance on food and drink labelling changes which includes labelling requirements with respect to the Northern Ireland market from 1st January 2021 can be found through this link
The updates to the guidance clarify the position from 1 January 2021 regarding;

  • Food Business Operator address - to be a Northern Ireland or EU business address or address of importer
  • ‘Origin indications’ for goods produced in Northern Ireland, where indication of a Member state is required, is to be labelled as ‘origin UK(NI)’
  • The application of ID marks on products of animal origin; (FSA Guidance)

Businesses will need time to adapt to these new labelling rules, including on FBO name and address requirements and the use of the UK(NI) as an indication of origin. Labelling queries can be emailed to your Environmental Health Officer on envhealth@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is encouraging businesses to take part in the Department’s forthcoming online EU Exit events, where information and guidance will be provided to help businesses prepare for the end of the transition period.

Online events are planned and will cover trading implications, certification requirements and imports and exports of animals, animal products and plants to GB, EU and Rest of the World post the transition period. Two events are scheduled to take place on 08 and 15 December 2020 with details to follow.  To sign up to the events go to: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/eu-exit-webinar-events

Or for more information and guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period go to:  https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/landing-pages/eu-exit-landing-page

Brexit: Help Available for Local Businesses

The following information may be helpful in identifying solutions and promoting support packages to help businesses prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU.

NI Direct Brexit advice: 



Brexit Planning & Brexit Implementation Vouchers are available for businesses to bring in expert advice on all things Brexit.  These are worth up to £2,000/£5,000 per business and applications can be made online at https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/brexit-funding/

InterTradeIreland has also launched a Virtual Learning Tool to provide a range of other supports available at www.intertradeireland.com/brexit or contact them on 028 3083 4100. 

Invest NI

Primarily aimed at its client businesses, Invest NI has developed a ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Assessment Tool to allow businesses to self-assess and identify key areas of focus. Businesses will be directed to additional online support on sites like Invest NI’s ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ microsite, nibusinessinfo.co.uk, economy-ni.gov.uk, and gov.uk.   

Further support is available in the form of a new Brexit Preparation Grant, offering financial help for businesses to prepare for changes due to Brexit. This includes help towards a dedicated member of staff focussed on Brexit, and renting office space outside the UK to research new markets.

The assessment tool and preparation grant are available to the wider business community, so it is definitely worth checking to see if your business can benefit from this assistance.

Invest NI is running a series of ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ clinics across Northern Ireland. To see if any events are convenient to your business, please visit: www.investni.com/getready4brexit.html or contact Invest NI directly at 0800 181 4422.

There are is also a list of frequently asked questions on the Invest NI webpage – https://www.investni.com/get-ready-for-brexit/faqs.html

Data sharing advice can be found here - https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-and-brexit/data-protection-if-there-s-no-brexit-deal/

Latest Documents from the Department for Exiting the European Union
The search function can be used to receive latest updates in all Brexit related queries such as:

  • UK Quality Standard Certification

  • Haulage & Distribution

  • Food Standards Agency notices


EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit

Product Safety: Brexit Transition Information for Businesses

For more details E: business@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk


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