What actions should businesses take after Brexit?

The UK and EU have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods produced between the UK and the EU.

Businesses will need to make a number of changes to ensure continued flow of people, data, goods and services between the UK and the EU. Businesses should take action as the UK is no longer in the single market or the customs union.


What guidance is available?

The best place for businesses to get support and information about the changes is at GOV.UK/transition, including:

Additional key Government advice:

  • The Border Operating Model is a guide to how the border with the EU works. See the ‘Guide to changes at the border’ for a summary.
  • Businesses can sign up to Business Readiness bulletins produced by BEIS here.

Travelling to the EU?

There are new rules for travel to Europe. Things you may need to do before you travel include:

  • check the validity of your passport;
  • get travel insurance;
  • check you have the right driving documents;
  • check roaming policies with your mobile provider before travelling.

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Continue living and working in the EU

Living and working in the EU, EEA EFTA, Switzerland and Ireland depends on the rules in that country.

You may need to take action such as:

  • register or apply for residency;
  • check that you are covered for healthcare;
  • exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.

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Businesses that transfer data between the UK and the EU

If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you should check the current guidance on using personal data in your business or organisation. Find out more at GOV.UK/transition.

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Exemplas Trade Services Ltd (ETSL) has delivered the contract for the Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade and Investment) in the East of England for almost a decade.

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