Partnership pack: preparing for a 'no deal' Brexit

24 October 2018

HMRC has published a partnership pack which is designed to support businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal.

You can use this pack for your own contingency planning and if relevant to also help your customers, members and clients:

  • To think about how they will need to adapt their business to comply with new systems, processes and controls
  • To assess the impact of the increased demand for customs declarations on their business
  • To consider whether they need to recruit and train additional staff
  • To stay up-to-date with these changes (register for HMRC’s EU Exit update service).

The Partnership pack provides key stakeholders and intermediaries working with businesses with a high-level guide to customs processes and procedures that are likely to apply in a ‘no deal’ scenario.


For 2 years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019.

HMRC has said that it has always been the case that as we get nearer to March 2019, preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario would have to be accelerated. “Such an acceleration does not reflect an increased likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome. Rather, it is about ensuring our plans are in place in the unlikely scenario that they need to be relied on.”


All the information in the partnership pack is broken down into different sections relevant to each user group, where you can find:

  • The sections that everyone needs to read
  • Resources to help your communications with customers, clients and members
  • Sections that are relevant to your industry or type of business

The partnership pack is also available to read as a single pdf document.


HMRC has stated that more detailed guidance will be provided later in the autumn, including specific actions that traders and other stakeholders will need to take to prepare.