Prepare for the end of the transition period
The UK has left the EU. We are now in a period of transition until 31 December 2020.
Businesses should take action now to prepare for the new trading rules which will come in effect in January 2021.
With the government ruling out a transition extension, no deal remains a real possibility at the end of the year. However, if a deal is agreed it will be a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) offering a markedly different basis for market access between the UK and the EU. This means that, deal or no deal, the UK will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union and there will be significant changes that will affect businesses from 1 January 2021.
On 18th October the Government launched a new campaign to warn that “Time is Running Out” for businesses to prepare for the UK to leave the EU. The Government is urging business leaders to step up preparations for an “Australia-style” exit – which roughly translates as a “No Deal” Brexit.
Read the latest DCMS Newsletter for businesses preparing for the end of the transition period
New Border Operating Model for after the transition period
The UK Government has today published its new Border Operating Model. It is a guide on how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period. In Annex G the passenger process is covered which includes crossing the border. It details that EU, EEA and Swiss national identity cards will be phased out as a valid travel document for entry to the UK. From 1 October 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will require a passport to travel to the UK. Exemptions apply for those who are eligible for the European Union Settlement Scheme status.
The visiting the UK guidance has been updated to reflect this information.
Inbound and Outbound Travel after 01 January 2021
These resources cover what visitors will need to know in advance of travel between Europe and the UK
Outbound Travel: Visiting Europe after Brexit
- Passport requirements
- Health care in the EURequirements for driving in the EU
- Taking pets to the EU
- Consumer protection
Inbound Travel: Visiting the UK after Brexit
- What visitors will need to enter the UK
- School travellers entering the UK
- What visitors can bring into the UK
- Healthcare in the UK for overseas visitors
- Requirements for driving in the UK
UK and Japan agree a free trade agreement
The UK has secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion. UK businesses will benefit from tariff-free trade on 99% of exports to Japan.
The deal is also an important step towards joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The deal will give UK businesses a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region and help to increase the resilience and diversity of our supply chains. Further details can be found here.
Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021
HMRC have written to businesses about the new trading arrangements when the UK leave the EU single market and customs Union. You can find a copy of the letter here.
The way you hire staff from the EU is changing
The Home Office has launched a new campaign to help employers prepare for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system.
Free movement is ending, and the new system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU.
From 1 January 2021, you will need to be a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK. Becoming a sponsor normally takes eight weeks and fees apply.
As a licensed sponsor, you will be able to recruit skilled workers from anywhere in the world, provided they meet certain eligibility requirements.
You can find further information, including full details of the sponsorship process on GOV.UK