Identify how you position your business to capture opportunities arising from disruption.
Think through contingency plans should the UK to go into recession.
Consider impact on any ‘live’ deal discussions, including implications for contractual positions, ‘Brexit clauses’ and communication strategies. Be clear on your strategy.
Quantify the labour market impact as we begin to lose access to workers from other parts of the EU.
Identify how EU citizens in the UK would be treated and the impact on people, visas and families as well as rights awarded to individuals.
Consider the impact on existing finance positions, investment funding, liquidity positions and the stability of new funding sources.
Review existing hedging strategies and exposures. The UK vote to leave will increase Foreign Exchange (‘FX’) volatility, counterparty and interest rate risk.
Consider additional costs which may come through selling in EU markets.
Review your supply chain, particularly where heavily EU integrated.
Understand how this will affect your customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
Identify any of your contracts at risk of being cancelled due to a material adverse clause.
You need to understand which parts of tax law would remain in force and which would move over time, and where other legislative bodies, such as the World Trade Organisation and European Economic Area membership, place other requirements on tax law.
You need to consider the impact on Accounting Standards and how it affects your business.
Consider which EU legislation, is likely to be retained in the immediate aftermath of a UK decision to leave the EU (e.g. the ability to access a parent/subsidiary directive).
Consider the potential indirect tax impacts (VAT and customs) on the movement of goods as duty rates for trade become uncertain, and costs/administrative burdens potentially increase.