Preparing for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

The Cabinet Office has sent us a link to pass on to our members giving advice to business people and individuals about leaving the EU without a deal.

While we are lobbying the Government on behalf of our members to avoid a hard Brexit which could damage our economy, it makes sense to prepare for every eventuality, so please follow this link:

Prepare for EU Exit

This website features a large amount of information on EU exit, covering a range of topics, but also includes a planning tool for businesses which will help you consider your options for a range of eventualities.

If, like us, you are worried about the impact of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, please write to your MP and/or the Cabinet Office to share your concerns.


Brexit Survey Results and Impact Report

Please note: the Eastbourne Chamber Brexit survey is now closed and the results are shown below.  We have also attached below an Impact Report from the UK Trade Policy Observatory:

FINAL Brexit Survey Data 22nd November 2018

As you know, the Prime Minister has been unable to finalise a withdrawal agreement in Parliament as yet and has delayed the vote to ratify the deal until January.  To assist the process we were asked to feedback your views to the Cabinet Office in Whitehall and so we have sent them these results from your survey.

You will also be interested to see the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO)report on the potential impact of Brexit (soft or hard) on business in Sussex and Hampshire (published Wednesday 22nd November).

The UKTPO is an independent body made up of statisticians from Sussex University and the Chatham House Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs with help from the London School of Economics.  Please follow their links to see the possible impact of Brexit on business.

UKTPO Report

UKTPO Sector Analysis


To remind you, the Withdrawal Agreement provides for:

  • A deal on citizens’ rights that protects the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU;

  • Separation provisions that wind down certain arrangements, for example cooperation on civil court cases still ongoing at the end of the implementation period;

  • A time-limited implementation period that provides certainty to businesses and individuals and ensures they only have to adjust to one set of changes in line with the future relationship with the EU;

  • Arrangements on the financial settlement that represent a fair settlement of the UK’s rights and obligations as a departing Member State;

  • Governance arrangements that provide legal certainty and clarity to citizens, businesses and organisations and respect the autonomy and integrity of both the UK’s and the EU’s legal orders;

  • The unique circumstances in Northern Ireland, including the continuation of the Common Travel Area arrangements, the ongoing protection of rights of individuals in Northern Ireland, and guarantees that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland or a splitting of the UK customs territory

  • Maintaining the UK’s international commitments in respect of the Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs), protecting the interests of Cypriots living and working in the SBAs and ensuring the continued effective operation of the SBAs for military purposes; and a Protocol on Gibraltar that address issues of importance to citizens and businesses in Spain and Gibraltar.