Brexit Updates

The UK has left the European Union and the one year transition period comes to an end on 1 January 2021. This will trigger changes affecting many businesses in our sector. As we head towards the end of the year, FeRFA aims to provide information for members on the key developments as they affect your business.

Our information is sourced from a number of different organisations such as Build UK, the Construction Leadership Council and the Government itself. We will make this information available on a weekly basis, hopefully in an easily digestible format, so that you know what you have to do in order to protect your business from any negative impacts and take advantage of any new opportunities.


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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is urging companies to carry out a number of key actions as the UK counts down to its new trading relationship with the EU after 31 December.

These are the actions that companies need to take to be ready for 1 January 2021:

  1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021.Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.More information about importing goods into the UK is available here.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the UK’s new trade remedies process on GOV.UK. From 1 January 2021, if you think your business has been injured by unfair import practices, you can submit an application to the UK’s new trade remedies system. More information about is available here.
  3. Use GOV.UK guidance to understand trading arrangements for non-EU countries from 1 January 2021. Your business may face disruption when trading goods between the UK and the rest of the world if you are not aware of trading arrangements with non-EU countries from 1 January 2021. Check if the UK has negotiated a trade agreement with the country you will be trading with, and learn about agreements still under discussion.

Join a webinar

BEIS is holding a series of webinars this month to help businesses understand the important actions they need to take to be ready by the end of the transition period.

Webinars are free and, depending on the topic being covered, take between 45-90 minutes. They will cover a variety of issues.

To register for upcoming webinars, or to watch previous sector-specific webinars on demand, visit

Don’t forget the checker tool, where you can also sign up for email updates.



Get ready for 1 January 2021

The Government is urging businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period, and the Construction Leadership Council has published guidance on a range of issues, including:

Businesses can use the Government’s checker tool to confirm exactly what they need to do.

Build UK has set up a special website designed to help businesses prepare for Brexit.

Industry concerns about ‘No Deal’ continue

Build UK has joined the CBI and 71 other organisations to issue a joint statement calling for a trade agreement to be reached and reiterating the dangers of ‘no deal’ for businesses.​ ​This statement claims that more than three quarters of UK firms are saying they need a deal.