Spring is here, the clocks will change next week, heralding a new season and new beginnings. Lambs bouncing around the local fields and here at MAS we’ve been thankful for the safe arrival of Alyssia’s beautiful baby boy, though sadly missing her sunny face on reception.
For me I witnessed my own new beginning, last week I was with my daughter when she gave birth to her daughter, our first grandchild, she is the image of her mom, who is the image of me, its that lion king moment where life repeats and the circle starts again.
Sadly circles repeating themselves or ever decreasing ones seems to be our current climate… at present we are no nearer to the B word and this leaves our businesses and economy in limbo. How can you be prepared for Brexit when none of us at present know what that will mean, here’s what you can do now:
Passport: You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after 29 March and there’s no deal. You should renew your passport if, on the day you travel, your passport either: has less than 6 months left or is more than 9 years and 6 months old.
Travel Insurance: If there’s a deal, you’ll continue to get state-provided healthcare in the EU if you have a free (EHIC) card, some private travel insurance will only cover you if you have an EHIC card so regardless of a deal or not you should make sure you have one.
Driving abroad: My insurance company have already got in touch with me to say I’m still covered abroad however a no-deal brexit will mean that I will need a green card, so it’s advisable to apply for these at least 3 weeks prior to your travels.
EU National living in the UK: the government has already agreed a deal with the EU regarding this, get online at GOV.UK and they have a handy tool that can advice you what you need to do… Employers, check with your employees that they know this!
Preparing your business for leaving the EU: again there’s a handy little tool for this on GOV.UK which will point you in the right direction depending on your type of business, there’s a lot to look through but obviously with so many business sectors it’s a lot to cover.
Workplace rights: In most cases there will be no changes to workplace rights when the UK leaves the EU.However, for a ‘no deal’ scenario, employees working in an EU country should confirm whether they will still be protected under the national guarantee fund established in that country, by making themselves aware of the relevant implementing legislation in the EU country in which they work.
Temporary rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports after EU Exit: If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports, the current drafts are available online but are subject to change.
Lastly, in my opinion Prudence is the name of the game, if you can delay, I would…pay rises, investments, changing job, anything majorly financial is worth hanging back on until we have a little more certainty.
What are the chances of us actually leaving Europe this month? Who knows, but forewarned is forearmed, in the word’s of Lance Corporal Jones, "Don’t panic" and if in doubt, give us a call and we’ll do our best to advise.