Preparing for Brexit

Preparing for Brexit

Brexit and the possibility of a no deal has a number of serious implications for the sector, however, there are a number of things that you can do to be prepared. Whether your organisation has EU funds or not, Brexit is creating a level of uncertainty that will affect your programme delivery and you will need to consider the consequence of some of the following:

  • Currency fluctuations, the value of sterling, and future project/programme budgets,
  • Risk management and mitigation strategies, including organisational reserve policies and the option of hedging currency,
  • Employing EU nationals, obtaining visas and travel arrangements.

Below is a list of websites and resources that might be useful to your organisation as you plan for Brexit and the future:

  1. OSCR has published a ‘Planning for Brexit’ webpage with a list of websites to consult,
  2. The UK Government’s preparation guidance for civil society organisations covers five key areas to be aware of, issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Support, the Office for Civil Society and the Charity Commission in March 2019,
  3.  DFID’s guidance on delivering EU aid programmes if there is a no deal published in April and updated in July 2019 offers assurance of EU funds for CSOs in receipt of ECHO, DEVCO or NEAR funds but not private contractors,
  4.  DFID’s letter to commercial suppliers published in September 2019 draws attention to the UK Government’s Brexit preparation tool for businesses and organisations,
  5. TrustLaw published a briefing note about the legal implications of Brexit, ‘Briefing Note for charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit orgainsations’ in 2016 written by Allen & Overy, 
  6. The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) published a guide to the ‘Implications for small and local charities and community groups’ in June 2017, 
  7. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has a Brexit Hub offering guidance for employers,    
  8. Bond has created a Brexit hub, with a number of resources including a report about the ‘Impact of Brexit on EU funding for CSOs’ written in July 2017. 

For further information or support, please consult the list of services available to members on our website, including free legal support through TrustLaw and view our upcoming events section for relevant information sessions or training events.

If you have any further questions about preparing for Brexit, please contact the Effectiveness & Learning team by email.  


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