Is your business prepared for Brexit?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. We know that the uncertainty around Brexit has made it difficult to know how to prepare, but our expert team will help you to put practical steps in place to make sure your business is ready during the commencing transitional period.

Our team of Brexit advisors offer in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit and how it will affect your business.

We specialise in a wide range of sectors and can help to answer big questions about Brexit and the preparations businesses should make, including:

  • What your business should do in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
  • How will the transitional period between Brexit and the entry into new UK-EU trade agreements affect you?
  • How will any long-term new trade agreements affect you?
  • What contingency plans will you need in place for each potential Brexit Scenario?

Our team of advisors can provide bespoke assessments of your business, including:

  • Assessing how your business could be affected by Brexit
  • Providing personalised practical plans to ensure your business is ready

We've also developed FBCMB sector specific regional tube maps, where you see the potential threats and issues which will affect your business. The 'lines' include international standards, EU rules, opportunities, people and trade. On each step of this journey you will need advice and our team are on hand to provide it.

It is already clear, that you or those you supply are not going to enjoy the same access to the EU's Single Market under a trade agreement as you did while the UK was a member of the EU.

The main threat you face is uncertainty about the outcome. Nonetheless, you need to assess the impact of a worst-case-scenario Brexit now and have in place contingency plans which are flexible enough to respond to developments in the negotiations.

Our team can help you with all that you need in four steps:

  1. Information - You need to have procedures in place to ensure you are well-informed about the Brexit process. Relying on press reports won’t be enough. Understanding and forecasting the likely impacts are fundamental to your Brexit strategy to gaining early competitive advantage. FBC Manby Bowdler will give you with a tailored service which monitors progress, analyses published documents, and identifies the impacts for your business the moment they become clear.

  2. Preparation - Prepare for Brexit with and without a deal. To do so, businesses should carry out a Brexit legal impact assessment followed by a Brexit commercial impact assessment. These will form the baseline of any contingency measures. 

  3. Action - You should decide what contingency plans you need and when they should be activated. You might be marginally or massively impacted. Contingency measures could include setting up alternative supply chains, identifying new customer markets, or re-skilling employees. FBC Manby Bowdler has been at the forefront of advising clients on the commercial implications of Brexit. We have the experience to help you devise and implement contingency measures for your business, and stress-test them against a range of Brexit scenarios, whatever industry you operate in.

  4. Influencing - The best way to avoid a Brexit that damages your business is to influence the outcome yourself. Brexit provides an opportunity to do that, which businesses should exploit more. FBC Manby Bowdler has the benefit of advisers in Brussels and London. We can devise and implement policy advocacy strategies to influence the course of further Brexit negotiations, the negotiations on a new trade agreement and build long-term regulatory compliance strategies, including relationship-building with key influencers and government authorities.

Our team of experienced sector specialists has examined the potential impact of Brexit in your sector and can provide an in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit, and translate what they mean for manufacturing, agricultural and hospitality clients. We have an expert understanding of how each piece of the jigsaw of EU policy and legislation fits together, an insider’s knowledge of the political and administrative processes of the negotiations, and considerable experience of how UK legislation is enacted. 



FBC Manby Bowdler’s Brexit Director, Peter Wilding, says Britain has ‘entered the endgame“ and predicts a general election before Halloween. 

So what else does the EU legal expert who coined the word ‘Brexit’ and was close to the David Cameron administration ahead of the Referendum think will happen next? 

What Next In Boris's Brexit Britain?

We won’t forget July 24th 2019. This is the moment of truth. Everything up to this point has been purgatory. Now it’s hell or heaven. Boris Johnson has 100 days before he finally meets his fate. The Battle for Britain is about to begin.

So, as fingernails are bitten at the now full-steam-ahead prospect of a no deal Brexit, my prediction is that the new PM will avoid the Brexit battle completely by holding a general election on October 24. In all the years I’ve watched him, I’m sure Boris would rather fight in a blaze of glory than suffer death by a thousand parliamentary cuts.

And, as of today, I believe that the election will be won by who frames it best. And, on that point, Johnson is odds on to win.


The No10 narrative: “changing the record”

The country needs a new tune. Yesterday Boris demanded a change of the record. And that’s what Johnson will do. Behold the new nationalism.

Have faith, be positive. The new leader is the happy dreamer of a Greater Britain. His speech was a 1997 Things Can Only Get Better riff. But with a big difference. Blair faced calm. Boris faces chaos.

On the steps of into Number 10 he sprayed a new magic potion over the nation. Cash and harmony will flow for all. Ministers will dump eye-catching dead-cat initiatives on a thousand tables. But the trumpian alarums of Britain First will be the tune. Borisism means that politics as a battle for your wallet or your class is over. This is a battle for your soul.

So Britain is part-gripped by wonder. Theresa May abdicated on the same day Mary Queen of Scots ceded power to her 1-year-old son, James. As the boy-king of Brexit takes over, we wait to see what nationalist picture of Britain he will paint. 

Make Britain Great Again will be the summer’s tune. If he challenges Parliament on no-deal, Brussels on the backstop, or the country with a Brexit referendum, he would lose. But a general election held 100 days after Trumpifying the country against a remain Commons and traitor Tories, means Johnson faces not unity but a four-way split opposition. It is the only way out.

The Revolution

Britain is also half-full of fear. Not least because the true believers are now in power.

A no deal general election victory means they can start straight away. Shorn of rules and summits, Britain as a new model market economy will be forged through shock therapy. Out of the dark early eighties came Thatcher’s new economy. Out of Brexit will come theirs. This is the policy hidden by the new nationalism. A bonfire of bureaucracy, markets wrenched open and tariffs slashed. The people will get bread and circuses. Farming and manufacturing face the smack of firm government.

Whilst the people say “get on with it”, our businesses really have to get to grips with the Brexit reality. We at FBC Mandby Bowdler are here to help.

The Future

This is a revolution with a Cavalier general and Roundhead soldiers.

May you live in interesting times, goes the rueful Chinese warning. And the only way we can make sense of – and predict – these turbulent days is to realise that we’re living history. Brexit, like Vichy or Versailles, could become a byword for decline. Or, as Boris Johnson hopes, the trigger for a golden age.

As yet, we don’t know.

Which is why I will be working with businesses across the Midlands to help them navigate what comes next. Because this is the Brexit endgame.

On the day Boris Johnson became PM, the trial of Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari began in 1917. 100 days later she was executed. Whether the great sorcerer himself will face the same fate remains to be seen. Summer’s lease hath all too short a date and by its end – almost certainly via a general election – Britain’s businesses will be operating in another country.

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