exiting the eu - uk transition
The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU start on 1 January 2021. The Transition Period will end on 31 December 2020 and will not be extended. You must act now to prepare for the concrete changes ahead.
There are actions your business needs to take now, and you can find guidance and support on GOV.UK/transition.
Actions for business to take now
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. These actions are required for businesses:
BUSINESSES THAT IMPORT AND EXPORT GOODS
To continue to trade with the EU after 31 December 2020, you will need to follow new rules for exporting, including changes to processes and licensing. Visit GOV.UK/transition to find out what you need to do.
- Get an EORI number if you do not already have one.
- Decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you.
BUSINESSES THAT DELIVER SERVICES BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU
Ensure your staff are able to continue to practise and provide services to clients in the UK after 31 December 2020 by ensuring their professional qualification(s) are recognised by their professional body in the UK. Go to GOV.UK/transition to find out what to do.
BUSINESSES THAT HAVE STAFF WORKING BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU
If you travel to the EU for work purposes after 31 December 2020, you may need a visa or work permit. Visit GOV.UK/transition to find out what to do.
BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY STAFF FROM THE EU
Free movement is ending and the UK is introducing a new points-based immigration system.
The way you hire from the EU is changing. From 1 January 2021, if you want to hire anyone from outside the UK you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor. This includes recruiting people from the EU. Anyone coming to the UK to work will need a job offer from a licenced sponsor in advance and will need to meet certain skills and salary criteria. Find out more on GOV.UK
BUSINESSES THAT TRANSFER DATA BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU
Prepare for new rules around personal data. If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you may need to take action on data protection. Find out more at GOV.UK/transition.
support and advice
The best place to get support and information on how to prepare is GOV.UK/transition, which includes:
- A transition checker tool so businesses can get personalised results about the specific actions they need to take;
- A live list of upcoming webinars where businesses can sign up to engage with experts;
- The latest news from the Government