UK Transition: Changes ahead: Act now

The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU start in January 2021. The transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and will not be extended – this is written into our laws. Our new relationship will involve a series of guaranteed changes and opportunities for businesses.

Your business will have to make a number of changes to ensure continued flow of people, data, goods and services between the UK and the EU. The majority of these changes will take place regardless of the agreement we reach with the EU on our future relationship, because we will be leaving the single market and customs union.

  • If you sell goods to the EU you must prepare for new customs procedures.
  • If you travel to the EU for work purposes you will need to check if you need a visa or work permit and apply if necessary.
  • If you employ overseas nationals you will need to prepare your business for the implementation of the new immigration system.
  • If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow legally at the end of the transition period.
  • If you provide services in the EU, you must ensure that your qualifications are now recognised by EU regulations to be able to practice or service clients in the EU.


Act now to prepare for the end of the transition period. Use the simple checker tool on GOV.UK/transition now for a personalised summary of the actions you need to take. You can also watch pre-recorded webinars about the new rules on trading with the EU from 1 January 2021




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