EU Transition Business Resource Hub

London will always remain open to the world – we can’t imagine it any other way. But we know that preparing your business for the impact of the end of the EU transition period on 31 December 2020 may not feel so clear cut.

To put your mind at ease in terms of the immediate future: whilst the UK and EU negotiate future arrangements, a transition period will run through to the end of 2020. During that time, current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply.

That’s why we have pulled together everything we know about what you can do now to prepare for the end of the transition on 31 December 2020.  This includes a range of bespoke guides that we have produced in partnership with some of the UK’s leading EU experts.

We know that businesses want to hear from other businesses about how they are getting ready for the end of the transition period. So we’re launching a brand new podcast series to do just that – businesses like yours talking about the challenges and opportunities they are facing. You can download the first podcast now, where we’re asking how UK businesses can continue to employ EU talent. Journalist Nick Wallis is joined by Sir William Sargent of visual effects company Framestore and immigration lawyer Sacha Schoenfeld. Together, they try to find some answers.

EU Transition Business Resource Hub

London Business Hub resources

London Business Hub guides to EU Transition

We have worked with a range of EU experts to develop a series of guides to help you review what decisions have already been made about our future relationship with the EU, what is changing and how those changes might affect your business. Find out what you can do to prepare your business for the end of the transition period:

We have also developed a series of guides to support businesses operating in the following sectors:

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External resources and support

Preparing for the end of the transition period

The UK has left the EU and is currently in the transition period that will end on 31 December 2020. Businesses should take action now to start preparing for the new trading rules that will be in effect from January 2021.

There are concrete steps you can take to minimise disruption and to take advantage of new opportunities.

To help you get going, here are three things you can do:

  • Head to GOV.UK/transition to take a short survey and receive a personalised list of actions for you and your business to take.
  • Sign up to government email alerts to stay up to date with any further changes.
  • Plan ahead and take the steps needed to complete your actions and prepare your business for the new trading rules.

If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can’t find answers at GOV.UK/transition, you can fill out an enquiry form to get support from the Department for International Trade.

You can also find information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) at great.gov.uk.

Support for your business

Business organisations across the UK have published a wide range of resources to help business prepare for and navigate any changes as a result of the UK leaving the EU, including:

Employing and managing staff

Useful resources to help businesses understand the implications of leaving the EU on employing and managing staff include:

  • Home Office guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who want to continue working in the UK
  • The Settled Status Scheme will enable EU nationals who have lived and worked in the UK for five years to apply for settled status and live in the UK permanently.

Support for importers and exporters

There is a wide range of support and guidance available to help importers and exporters take steps to prepare for leaving the EU and the end of the transition period. Useful resources include:

Data protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a range of resources to help businesses understand the impact of leaving the EU on data flows and data protection. Guidance covers a range of topics including:

  • How to keep data flowing after the end of the transition period.
  • How will personal data continue to flow after the end of the transition period
  • Changes to data protection.

Intellectual property (IP)

It is important that business owners take steps to protect their intellectual property after the end of the transition period. Useful resources include:

Leaving the EU - the transition period

In July 2020, the UK Government 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 at gov.uk/transition 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 in the Border Operating Model.
  • Further details on the new points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021.

Leaving the EU - tariff regime

On 19 May 2020, the UK Government published details of the UK’s new tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). The UKGT will enter into force on 1 January 2021, replacing the EU’s Common External Tariff (CET) at the end of the transition period. It will apply to imports coming into the UK from countries we do not have a trade agreement or other preferential arrangements with.

The new tariff is tailored to the needs of the UK economy. It will support the country by making it easier and cheaper for businesses to import goods from overseas from 1 January 2021.

Read more about the UKGT at www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-global-tariff-backs-uk-businesses-and-consumers.

Sector-specific support

Healthcare

  • The UK Government has published guidance to help the health and care sector prepare the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Manufacturing

  • Make UK have developed a toolkit to help manufacturers respond to the impact of leaving the EU.

Food and drink

  • The Food Standards Agency has published guidance about exporting GM food products from 1 January 2021.
  • The UK Government has published guidance about how to export fish for human consumption from 1 January 2021.
  • The Government has published guidance about how food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels from 1 January 2021.

Construction

  • The Government has published guidance on the system for recognition of architects with an approved qualification from a European Economic Area (EEA) state or Switzerland from 1 January 2021.
  • The Government has published guidance to help businesses prepare for the rules that will apply to buying and selling timber and timber products from 1 January 2021.
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