European Union Transition
The UK has left the EU and is now in a transition period, before new rules come into place from 1 January 2021. This means a number of changes will affect businesses, organisations and individual citizens.
Follow this link for information on how to prepare and the steps you may need to take https://www.gov.uk/transition?utm_campaign=transition_p1&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=ogd_beis_eml&utm_content=ala__act0. You can also sign up to receive government communications and get a personalised list of the channels that might affect you and your business.
The UK Government has launched a major new Transition public information campaign called “The UK’s new start: let’s get going” to give everyone the facts that they will need to be ready for 1 January 2021. A straightforward checker tool is available on the government website gov.uk/transition which will quickly identify the specific steps any business or individual needs to take to be ready.
The government has also announced:
- Controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU, with new border controls being introduced in three stages up until 1 July 2021. Details can be found on the Border Operating Model website https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMjAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA3MTQuMjQzNjYyMjEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5nb3YudWsvZ292ZXJubWVudC9wdWJsaWNhdGlvbnMvdGhlLWJvcmRlci1vcGVyYXRpbmctbW9kZWwifQ.VsFXGhzvkWIuXRhquES4IbjB1AwmapIerUY3IIeCCkQ%2Fs%2F1147765466%2Fbr%2F81015185976-l&data=02%7C01%7Cgrowth.hubs%40beis.gov.uk%7Cfe27ef9c11bb44452cf508d82813e929%7Ccbac700502c143ebb497e6492d1b2dd8%7C0%7C0%7C637303413271977173&sdata=p9lgcColEGP2hwbsPbvDX5zQVlzA2lku5aoKB5W7l6E%3D&reserved=0.
- Further details on the new points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021. You can find that information on this webpage https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-further-details-statement.
Internal trade within the UK
The Government has laid out plans to ensure businesses across the UK will continue to enjoy seamless internal trade when the UK leaves the transition period. To ensure businesses can continue to trade seamlessly across the UK as they do now, new legislation will be brought forward to preserve access to all parts of the UK for goods and services.
Under plans set out in the UK internal market white paper, which is now open for consultation, the government will strengthen and maintain the coherence of the UK’s internal market, guaranteeing the continued ability of all UK companies to trade unhindered in every part of the United Kingdom. All powers that have been devolved will remain devolved.
The proposals in the white paper include:
the principle of mutual recognition – regulations from one part of the UK will be recognised across the country to ensure the devolved administrations can set their own rules and standards, but still welcome the trade of businesses based anywhere in the UK
the principle of non-discrimination – so there is a level playing field for companies trading in the UK, regardless of where in the UK the business is based
White paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-internal-market