The UK has left the EU, and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.
The transition period
Since 31 January 2020 there has been a transition period which lasts until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.
The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU continue to apply during the transition period.
Visit gov.uk/transition to find out what actions you, your family or your business can take now to prepare for 2021.
For a complete list of actions answer a few questions about you, your family or business.
How South Gloucestershire Council is preparing for UK Transition
Our lead Transition Officer is meeting regularly with key officers from all areas of the organisation to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to prepare locally for the end of the transition period.
We are also working with our neighbouring local authorities and other external partners in the multi-agency civil contingencies forum (Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum) to understand and react to the challenges and opportunities posed by UK and EU transition for our area.
Changes for citizens
Travelling to the EU
Continue living and working in the EU
Living and working in an EU country depends on the rules in that country.
You may need to register or apply for residency. You should check that you’re covered for healthcare.
You may also need to exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.
Staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen
Check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
Changes for businesses
The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period will affect businesses that deal with Europe and you should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from 1 January 2021.
Businesses that import and export goods
From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Find out what you need to do to continue to:
To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. You can register to attend a live webinar which will provide information on key actions for businesses in these sectors or view the webinars on demand.
Other useful sources of information for businesses
- InSouthGlos business update – sign up to receive the weekly newsletter
- Business West webpage: Trading Through Brexit
• West of England Growth Hub webpage: EU Transition
• FSB webpage: Brexit Guidance for Small Businesses
• British Chamber of Commerce webpage: Post-Transition Brexit Checklist