Get Ready Brexit Checker (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October

This is a better site – I haven’t fully tested it (obviously) but it answered correctly (eventually after many fields) to the GB car sticker aspect

** If you display the Euro symbol and Great Britain (GB) national identifier on your number plate, then you will NOT (my capitals) need a separate GB sticker when travelling within the European Union.

The Euro symbol must:

be a minimum height of 98mm

have a width between 40 and 50mm

have a reflective blue background with 12 reflecting yellow stars at the top

show the member state (GB) in reflecting white or yellow **


EU Fuel VAT reclaim (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October

This Blog does not cover Customs and Excise. The information below comes from the Road Haulage Association (RHA) – here.

UK based International Operators will still be able to claim refunds of VAT on fuel bought in EU member states.

Follow the processes for non-EU countries to do the claim.

EU information is here.

Check with individual EU countries.

Some EU countries may require the appointment of an in-country tax representative to obtain the refunds.

Slew of Brexit Announcements (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October (reminder, this is the date in the relevant Statutory Instrument)

In the past days, HMG (and their agencies) have announced a series of Instructions updates – please examine closely as the changes are not flagged.

(1) importing animals, animal feed etc – here.

(2) GMOs – here.

(3) import of animals, animal feed etc (further) – here.

(4) exporting animals and animal products – here.

(5) exporting active substances (medicines and healthcare) – here.

(6) ECMT international road haulage permits – here.

(7) food labelling changes – here.

(8) packaging and WEEE waste export (aspects) – here.

Plus, HMG now has a Get Ready site – here.

CAUTION with the Get Ready site – it has gaps and simplifications (amounting to errors) – please use more detailed information, and any doubts CHECK with the relevant Ministry or Agency.

Get Ready advertising will commence next week, I understand.

EORI Numbers (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October 2019

Because only some of the traders who import/export goods to/from the EU have registered for their GB EORI number, HMG is auto-enrolling now.


An EU country specific EORI number is also required.

EORI numbers are not required for UK/Ireland trade across the Irish Border.

If a trader does not have the relevant EORI numbers, their goods will not clear borders.

Deposit Return System (DRS) for Bottles and Cans (England & Wales)

Exit day is 31st October 2019

HMG announce today they will bring in a DRS for drinks containers (bottles and cans) in England and Wales via the Environment Bill.


The cost of the deposit would be added to the price of the drinks included in the scheme when they are purchased. This deposit would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to a designated return point.

HMG intend the proposed scope and model of the deposit return scheme to be consulted on in 2020, with the scheme to start no later than 2023.

Statement on UK Politics

The Environmental Bill is queued after various Brexit bills. HMG has a majority of only one in Parliament. None of the Brexit bills are announced for Parliament time. 2023 is beyond the date when a General Election would be held under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

F-gases Rules (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October 2019

F-gases are regulated by EU Law.

DEFRA issued today clarifying rules on F-gases.

(1) Recovering, reclaiming and recycling F gas – here.

(2) Recording F gas in equipment you own or service – here.

IF these have an impact on ENV Law Checklists, then the Checklists will be updated, and subscribers to EHS Legislation Registers and Checklists will be notified in the next Email Alert.

Subscribers will note that the Brexit Consolidated Law List (found at the top right of the ENV and OHS Registers home page) has F-gases laws identified as HTML Done (green text) (meaning the changes are now incorporated, and linked from that list).