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UK gets ready to leave the EU

The UK  leaves the EU at 23:00 GMT today (Friday 31st January 2020).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will publish a video message to hail the “dawn of a new era” at 22:00.

But how will Brexit affect independent retail businesses in the UK?

Bira CEO, Andrew Goodacre comments: “After 3 years of uncertainty we will officially be leaving the EU today. Although the focus will shift immediately to negotiating a productive trade deal, I hope that consumer confidence will return and spending in shops will increase.

“Retailers will start 2020 with renewed optimism and with better support form local and national government, I am sure it will be a better year.”



Brexit guidance

We’ve compiled Government guidance on how business owners should prepare themselves and their businesses for Brexit.

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