Brexit: What should I do if my recruitment business operates within the EU

This page is for REC members who do business in the EU

Government’s guidance can be found online here


Do you provide UK workers for assignments in other EU countries?

No-deal could cause immediate disruption for UK businesses that rely on sending staff to the EU for short-term work or to provide‘fly-in-fly-out’ services. No-deal means that the UK would default to third-country status for EU Member States’ immigration rules. Therefore, UK nationals travelling to provide services or undertake a placement or intra-company transfer in the EU will need to check whether a visa or work permit is required to work or rent, even if it is not required at the border.


Each EU country has its own differently organised national visa system and the specifics of these work visa differ from one country to another. Details on the EU visa policy can be found online here.


Do you have branches/regional offices within the EU?

REC members that have a branch in the EU may also need to comply with any additional legislation. These restrictions and changes will depend on the country in which the business is operating. Question 4 on data flows will apply.


Are you or a colleague planning on traveling for business to the EU post 31 October?

UK nationals travelling as business visitors may need work permission if their proposed activities do not fall within a work permit exception in their destination country. There are 27 different countries to deal with - each with their own immigration rules. More information can be found on the Fragomen website online here.


Will your employees need to travel to the EU for business purposes falling within a work permit exception?

If so, check the rules for passports,health insurance, car insurance,driving licences and other relevant requirements for the role.


Are you aware of potential changes to VAT rules?

If the UK leaves the EU with no agreement, then there will be some specific changes to the VAT rules and procedures that apply to transactions between the UK and EU member states. More information can be found online here.


Can you still deliver on contracts already agreed?

If you already have contracts in place to provide workers to companies based in the EU, evaluate whether these are still deliverable,discuss options with your client and put in place contingency plans. If you cannot supply the workers, you should review the contract to ascertain whether there is scope to vary or terminate the contract without liability if it makes commercial sense to do so. 


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