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Businesses that trade with the EU need to take steps now to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, a government minister has warned.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride told the BBC’s Today programme “there is a call to action now”.
Later on Friday, HMRC is due to publish an update to its advice on how firms should prepare for a no-deal scenario.
However, Mr Stride called the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal an “unlikely event”.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Stride said: “The time is now, there is a call to action now.
“Those who are importing or exporting into and out of the EU 27, in the unlikely event that there is a no-deal at the end of March, will need to take certain steps. They need to do that now.”
Mr Stride said businesses needed to “get a customs agent on board” or “look at software they can use to make sure (of) their import and export declarations”.
He added that firms should register for an Economic Operators Registration and Identification Number (EORI number) – a system of unique id