Brexit bulletin, 19 February 2021

Feb 19, 2021

This week’s Brexit Bites looks at, David Frost’s appointment as Minister for relations with the EU as well as the £20 million Brexit Support Fund announced in the UK to help SMEs adjust to new customs and VAT rules. We also bring you the new step-by-step guidance from GOV.UK on importing and exporting procedures and updates to Revenue's Customs Manual on Import VAT.

David Frost appointed as Minister for relations with the EU

The UK’s Chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost has been appointed as a Minister of State in the Cabinet Office and will cover relations with the EU.  This means that Frost will be the UK’s representative on the UK/EU Partnership Council, the Council mandated to oversee the operation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement reached between the sides on Christmas Eve. Mr Frost will also replace Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove as chair of the joint committee that oversees the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement. The appointment will take effect from 1 March.

UK government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

On 11 February, the UK government set aside £20 million to help small and medium sized businesses adjust to new customs rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

The funding of up to £2,000 is available to UK established businesses with under 500 employees/under £1m turnover who are new to importing/exporting processes. It is available whether the business intends to make declarations themselves or use an agent’s services. The funding covers both training and professional advice and we’ll keep members updated in coming weeks as the application process opens.

More information on what the grant can be used for and who can apply can be found here.

New guidance for importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU: 

The UK government has released the following step by step guides to help with importing and exporting procedures.

DEFRA’s new guidance on exporting and moving goods from GB to the EU and NI

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affair's Showcase sites contain information and documents for traders who export live animals or animal products. 

NEW: Brexit transition helplines: 

A list of government helplines organised by theme and key actions for businesses has been published by To view the list, click here.  

Revenue’s Customs Manual on Import VAT updated

Revenue’s Customs Manual on Import VAT has been updated with regard to:

  • The withdrawal of a concession which has become redundant due to the introduction of 'Postponed Accounting'
  • An updated link to the AIS Trader Guide
  • Updated AIS codes.


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