Guidance

Preparing for a no deal Brexit if you provide telecoms services

Use our checklist to understand what you need to do to prepare for no deal Brexit if you provide telecoms services.

Use our checklist to understand what you need to do to prepare for no deal Brexit if you provide telecoms services. For a more comprehensive overview use the Get ready for Brexit checker.

Data

1. Check if you need to change the way you access personal data from the EU/EEA

If your organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, you should review your contracts to ensure you can continue to do so legally.

Read the guidance on gov.uk and further detail on from the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website (ICO) for Using personal data in your business or organisation if there’s no Brexit deal.

People

2. Check if your employees need a visa or work permit and meet any requirements for visiting the country they’re going to for business purposes.

You or your employees may not be able to enter or work in some countries. You will need to check whether you need a visa or work permit in the country you are travelling to, for the activities that you wish to carry out while you are there.

Read the guidance under the ‘Business Travel and Entry requirements’ in the following link: Providing services to any country in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland after Brexit.

3. Ask your employees to check if they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Your employees may not be able to continue living or working in the UK as they do now, if they do not apply to the scheme. The scheme is open to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family. Applications can be made until 30 June 2021 in a deal scenario and 31 December 2020 in a no deal scenario, after which future immigration rules will apply.

Read the guidance: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status).

4. Check the immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after Brexit

Free movement as it currently stands will end after Brexit. EU citizens who move to the UK after exit will be able to apply for a 36 month temporary immigration status (European Temporary Leave to Remain) once in the UK in order to stay beyond 31 December 2020. Otherwise, EU citizens will need to apply for and obtain immigration status under the future immigration system.

Read the guidance: No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit.

Borders

5. Get your business ready to import hardware from the EU to the UK after Brexit

Check what you need to do now to make sure you’re able to import hardware from the EU, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Read the guidance: Get your business ready to import from the EU to the UK after Brexit.

Services, accounting and funding

6. Check what you need to do if you provide services or operate in the EU

There may be new rules you need to comply with if you operate in EU/EEA countries or Switzerland.

Read the guidance: Providing services to the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland after Brexit: collected guidance.

7. Check what you need to do if you receive EU funding

If you receive EU funding, find out more about the scope of the government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes.

Read the following guidance:

8. Check if you need to change how you do accounting and reporting

You may breach reporting requirements in European Economic Area (EEA) countries if you do not make any changes you need to.

Read the guidance: Accounting if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

9. Check what you need to do if you provide online services

If you have a .eu domain name, read the guidance for .eu domain names if there’s no Brexit deal

If you provide online services across the EU/EEA, read the guidance for what UK businesses should do to comply with rules governing online activities if there’s no Brexit deal.

Telecoms-specific issues

10. Understand how telecoms businesses will be impacted if there’s no Brexit deal

Find out how the telecoms regulatory framework will be affected if there’s no Brexit deal.

Read the guidance: How telecoms businesses will be impacted if there’s no Brexit deal.

11. Check the guidance on mobile roaming surcharges if there’s no Brexit deal

Understand how leaving the EU with no Brexit deal may affect mobile roaming in EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries

Read the guidance: Using your mobile in the EU and EEA countries if there’s no Brexit deal.

Published 4 October 2019