Government publishes Brexit guidance for retail sector

Robin Mannering

The government has published new guidance for the retail sector on preparing for Brexit.

The guidance includes information on importing and exporting, regulations and standards and employing EU workers.

It suggests that retailers should contact the organisation responsible for moving their goods, such as a haulage firm.

In regards to store employees, the guidance outlines that EU citizens who are residents in the UK prior to 29 March 2019 will be eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, regardless of whether or not the UK secures a deal. For more information, see the EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit.

Association of Convenience Stores chief executive, James Lowman, said: “We are engaging with the government through the BEIS Retail Sector EU Exit panel and other government departments and groups to discuss the impact of Brexit, including the implications of a no deal scenario on the convenience sector.

“If retailers have taken action to prepare their store for this scenario, or have any questions about how an EU Exit may affect you, we would be keen to hear from them.”

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

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