Warning of 'Perfect storm' brewing in Sheffield as businesses aren't prepared for Brexit

Sheffield Council’s director of city growth said he is worried a ‘perfect storm’ is brewing as the coronavirus pandemic may have affected businesses preparedness for Brexit.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 8:50 pm

Edward Highfield, director of city growth at the council, raised concern about the preparedness of businesses for the United Kingdom’s official departure from the European Union in a recent full council meeting.

The country is due to end its transition period for leaving the EU on January 1 and people are being urged to get ready for the new rules that will affect businesses, citizens and travel.

Businesses that deal with Europe will have to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

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Edward Highfield, head of city growth at Sheffield Council

Mr Highfield said: “I am worried a lot of businesses just haven’t had the bandwidth to deal with [Brexit] because they have been dealing with everything else [around Covid].

The government says businesses and citizens need to act now if importing goods from the EU, exporting goods to the EU, moving goods to or from Northern Ireland, travelling to the EU, living and working in the EU or staying in the UK as an EU citizen.

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