View from the German-British Chamber on the Brexit Situation, with links to key information sources.

Director's Letter: November 2019

Next pit stop will be on 12 December but the key question is: How long will the Brexit “race” continue?

Using the analogy from car racing one is never really sure whether we talk about pit stops in a continuing race or whether all these are false starts, meaning that one has to go back and start again more or less from the beginning. We will probably find out over the coming months.

It is difficult to predict the result of the forthcoming election. At the moment the current Prime Minister and his party are having a strong lead in the polls but Harald Wilson once said: “A week is a long time in politics”. Many things can change until 12 December...

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Additional Information

  • Import Tariffs
  • Brexit Food Hub
  • DIHK Brexit Survey
  • EU Citizens' Rights
  • EU Exit: Legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement

Import Tariffs

Guidance: Check temporary import tariff rates after a no-deal Brexit

How to find the temporary tariff rates on imports into the UK if we leave the EU with no deal.


If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports into the UK from the EU and the rest of the world. These rates will only be applied if the UK leaves with no deal.

The temporary rates would be in place for up to 12 months. The government will then introduce a permanent tariff regime following a public consultation.

Depending on where the goods come from, the tariff rate will either be a preferential rate or a non-preferential rate, which is also called a ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) rate.

Stay up to date

The UK will leave the EU on 31 October. This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes, including if a deal is agreed.



Brexit Food Hub

The Brexit Food Hub is a contingency planning site

This website has been developed to assist businesses in planning and preparing for this. It provides links to a wide range of official advice and to the expertise of the various UK Food and Agriculture partner organisations listed, who are pooling their resources to provide this support. It is based on a series of Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated as additional information becomes available.

This information applies only to a “no deal” exit. If a Withdrawal Agreement is concluded before then, or if the Article 50 deadline is further extended, new advice will be issued.

Companies will need to consider carefully the risks of making changes ahead of time. There are also a number of areas where government preparations are still in progress and definitive guidance is not yet available.

DIHK Brexit Survey

The nationwide DIHK survey "Going International 2019" was conducted with the support of 79 chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs) in Germany. More than 2,100 foreign companies based in Germany took part in the survey in February 2019. The results of this special evaluation on Brexit are based on the responses of around 1,500 companies with business connections to the UK.

The trade volume between Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) amounted to 119 billion euros in 2018. Around 750,000 jobs in Germany depend on trade with the UK. To date, German companies have built up investments worth over 140 billion euros. About 2,500 branches of German companies are located in the UK and employ more than 400,000 people. British companies have 1,500 branches in Germany and employ around 270,000 people.

Form of business activity in the United Kingdom (share of enterprises)
Exports of goods or services to the United Kingdom63%
Imports of goods or services from the United Kingdom30%
With a branch / office in the United Kingdom17%
We employ British citizens13%
We employ German nationals in our UK office3%

EU Citizens' Rights

Find the information you need about your rights as an EU Citizen living in the UK

The result of the referendum on the United Kingdom's EU membership has created uncertainty in the lives of EU27/EEA citizens and their families in the UK. This website provides information for European citizens concerned about their EU rights, their rights after Brexit and what they need to do to stay in the UK.

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EU Exit: Legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement


  1. This document describes the overall legal effect of the draft Withdrawal Agreement of 25 November 2018 (‘the Agreement’). It considers each Part of the Agreement, together with the Protocols on Ireland/Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, and describes the overall legal effect of the provisions.
  2. The Agreement is a treaty which will be binding on the EU1 and the UK under international law. The EU Treaties(2) will cease to apply to the UK from the date that the Agreement enters into force (‘exit day’), at which point the UK’s ongoing legal relationship with the EU will be governed by the terms of the Agreement. The Agreement sets out the arrangements for the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU’s legal framework following a ‘transition (or implementation) period’, and for those purposes provides for the continued application of EU law (Union law) in defined respects.
  3. Since the Agreement provides for the winding-down of Union law in the UK, it makes provision for a role for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in interpreting Union law to the extent that it is applied by the Agreement. This is important in the interests of the consistent interpretation and application of the Agreement as between the EU and the UK, which in turn provides an assurance for individuals and businesses. The CJEU has a different role in relation to different aspects of the Agreement and has a much more limited role after the end of the implementation period. The detail of this is set out under the relevant sections of the Agreement.
  4. The Agreement will need to be implemented in domestic law through legislation. The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will be the primary vehicle for that, the contents of which is outside the scope of this document.

Read: Legal Position on the Withdrawal Agreement

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