Dominic Raab.
Brexit minister Dominic Raab speaking on planning for a no deal Brexit. Image: UK government.

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Detail of changes to requirements for the import and export of goods is keenly awaited by the art and antiques trade.

John Cassels, head of the Brexit team and co-head of the regulatory group at law firm Fieldfisher, said: “Post-Brexit, the government has indicated that it intends to keep the formalities around entry of goods into the UK from the EU27 as close as possible to arrangements in place today. There may be some changes, for example, to enable the imposition and collection of importation VAT.  

“For goods flowing from the UK into the EU27, there may be more customs formalities and procedures to be completed. However, aside from potentially more intrusive border formalities, there is unlikely to be any change in substance on the import and export of art and antiques as a result of Brexit.”

No deal

Raab said he was confident a good deal with the EU remained in sight despite publishing around 20 technical notes on what leaving with no deal would entail.

The technical notice ‘Trading with the EU if there’s no deal’ gives advice to businesses on how they will need to make import and customs declarations, register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification number, or make safety declarations on goods being moved between the EU to the UK.

The document is available on the government website under ‘Trading with the EU if there’s no deal’.