Business and employers - Brexit information

The UK is preparing to leave the European Union. There are two main options for leaving: with a ‘withdrawal agreement’ and a period of time to put necessary arrangements in place; or without an agreed deal. It is likely that this will impact the way businesses operate.

Guidance and advice

The UK government has published a range of guidance and advice. All businesses can use the 'Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU' tool that provides specific guidance filtered on your respective industry.

All the UK government guidance for business which has been published so far is available online. You can choose the information which is relevant to your organisation.

NI support and advice

Information and advice to help your business prepare for EU exit is available from the following Northern Ireland organisations:

Invest NI

Invest NI has developed a get ready for Brexit assessment tool which is designed to help you assess how well prepared your business is for Brexit, and what action you may need to take.

This is free to use and available to all businesses in Northern Ireland.

Invest NI also has a Brexit Preparation Grant available for client companies which can provide support up to a maximum of £50,000 to prepare for Brexit.


InterTradeIreland has a Brexit Advisory Service that offers information and support that includes a tailor-made online learning tool and a tariff checker.

Two voucher support schemes are also available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). You can find out more about them at these links:

Importing, exporting, VAT, tariffs and customs

In a no deal scenario, there will be changes to procedures if you import or export goods directly from the EU through a Northern Ireland port/ airport or through Great Britain.

You will need to apply for an EORI number to continue to export and import after Brexit.

The UK government has stated it would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Information on importing, exporting, VAT, tariffs and customs procedures if there is no deal, can be found at these links:

EU employees

Any EU citizens living in the UK (except Irish citizens) will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to keep living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

This also applies to citizens from:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Switzerland

The UK Government has an EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit, which gives employers the information they need to support their EU employees and help them and their families apply to the scheme.

Further information for EU citizens is available here:


Under Common Travel Area arrangements, if you're a British or Irish citizen you can work in either country, including on a self-employed basis, without needing any permission from the authorities.

Further information


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