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News & Press: August 2019

EU & International Briefing member update

29 August 2019  
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28th August 2019

At this politically fraught time, it’s more important than ever that the business voice is heard. The evidence provided by CBI members has been at the forefront of our Brexit work, but we need your help again.
With just over two months to go until the UK leaves the EU, and with the risk of a no-deal Brexit never higher, the CBI has launched a snap survey on how businesses are preparing for Brexit.
The answers you give will have a direct impact on how the CBI will communicate the views of business to government, MPs and the EU, as well as helping to share best practice across the business community.
The survey closes on September 5th. Contribute now and have your voice heard.

If you have any questions regarding it, please contact

Book now - Brexit Briefings

To help you plan and prepare, the CBI’s UK/EU Negotiations team will be visiting every region of the UK so you can understand what a no deal could mean for you. The events will include a Chatham House rules Q&A discussion to learn what other organisations are doing to prepare.

Book your place on the dates below:







Recent engagement

  • CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, has been on a tour of the regions and nations to hear what business are saying and how they are preparing for a possible no deal in October. Along with meeting members, we have also featured in regional media – take a look at the coverage on the CBI's Twitter page.
  • CBI Deputy Director-General, Josh Hardie, met with Boris Johnson’s Chief Business Adviser, Andrew Griffith. Josh outlined what Carolyn heard from businesses on her tour of the regions and updated the government on businesses preparedness for no-deal.
  • CBI Scotland Director, Tracy Black, met the First Minister on 13th August to discuss the Scottish government’s policy plan for the year ahead and their working relationship with the new Prime Minister and UK government. Tracy also met with the new Secretary of State, Alistair Jack, which means the CBI has now met with all of the devolved Secretary of States in the first month of the new administration.


Latest no-deal guidance

What comes next? The business analysis of no-deal preparations:a comprehensive study of existing plans laid out by the UK government, European Commission, member states and firms, and the practical steps they can take to improve.
Ten questions to answer to prepare for a no-deal Brexit:a practical guide to the important topics businesses need to factor into their no deal planning
Tariffs in a no-deal scenario:the government has published details of the UK’s tariff schedules in a no deal scenario - our briefing looks at what might change, and what firms should consider.
EU staff and Brexit - Five questions for every business:produced in collaboration with Deloitte, this guide is for UK employers in any sector – from multinationals to SMEs – who want to understand best practice and the role they could play in communicating information and supporting their staff.
A practical guide for businesses to adjust to a no-deal Brexit:the CBI's guide is designed to help businesses plan for a no deal Brexit by providing answers and signposting guidance against 10 key areas that will impact business in a no deal scenario.
The impact of no-deal on services:conclusive analysis on the damage no-deal could do to UK services.
No-deal FAQs for corporate treasurers:the CBI informs members on financial institutions' potential businesses changes in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Insight and analysis

Behind the scenes with Josh Hardie:the CBI Deputy Director-General shares his update on the conversations the CBI has been having with key ministers and new government advisers, as well as what might be in store over the weeks ahead.
International trade policy briefing:CBI International Director, Ben Digby, unpacks the latest developments in UK trade policy in a month where Liz Truss took the reins as Secretary of State.

Get involved

Interested in trading in Nepal?
The CBI is keen to arrange an event in Nepal for members to meet senior government functionaries and is seeking feedback on whether this would be of interest.


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