I am writing to advise you that the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU raises the potential for changes to Companies House systems after Exit.
Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. For 2 years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
It has always been the case that as we get nearer to that date, preparations for a no deal scenario would have to be accelerated. We must ensure plans are in place should they need to be relied upon.
This communication sets out the changes we will have to make to our systems should the UK leave the EU with no deal.
With regards to (software developed) electronic filings through the XML gateway, the baseType schema has been updated to remove the EEA and nonEEA corporate details requirements - these are replaced with UK and nonUK corporate details requirements. The UK option now only requires a registration number.
In addition, the Company Data Request, Company Incorporation, Officer Appointment and Officer Change Details schemas have been updated to allow the use of the new baseType schema - these can be found at this link:
There is no need to contact Companies House at this stage. This communication is for advice and guidance only and is part of the government’s ongoing programme of planning for all possible outcomes. These changes will only come into effect from 29 March 2019 if no deal is agreed by the UK Parliament.