Introduction

Author: Ben Westerman

After a turbulent period for the UK parliament, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around Brexit and the manner of the UK's departure from the European Union (EU). While there is still little certainty around what kind of Brexit we will get and what Brexit will mean for the UK, planning for it is essential. It is vital that all organisations undertake contingency planning now to make sure they are resilient during times of uncertainty.

Since Boris Johnson’s appointment as prime minister, the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ or ‘WTO’ Brexit has been reported as the 'assumed' government position, and many experts agree that it is now the 'most likely' outcome. In recent days, the government has launched a public information campaign entitled Get ready for Brexit. Parliament remains opposed to a no-deal Brexit and has passed legislation designed to prevent this scenario on 31 October. However, not only is there very little time left for MPs to block such an outcome completely, ​particularly while parliament remains prorogued, but it may not even be possible for them to rule it out conclusively.

For charities, this means that preparing for change is crucial. Putting in place plans that are sufficiently flexible for a number of scenarios needs to be at the top of any list of trustee priorities.

NCVO has been clear about the dangers a no-deal Brexit poses to charities and their work. It is therefore all the more important that we think now about what we can do to reduce the possible impact of these dangers. Charities should map out the areas where they may be exposed to change in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Following our factsheet of October 2018, this guide will set out the main implications of a no-deal Brexit for charities and consider areas where practical steps can be taken to reduce negative consequences.

Publication date: 11 September 2019