All things Brexit



The transition period has ended, and new rules are here. Act now to keep your business moving.

The transition period has ended, and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market and now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation.

Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to comply with these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

You should visit where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:

You can help prepare your businesses for the new rules by using the support mechanisms provided by the Government:

  1. Sign up to receive updates on the specific actions you need to take once you’ve used the  checker tool at
  2. Sign up to receive the regular Business Readiness Transition Bulletin – an email newsletter providing information on major announcements and recently published guidance
  3. BEIS Webinars across a range of topics will be available on in January 2021. They will provide specific advice on how businesses can ensure they comply with the new rules.

We understand that this is a challenging time and encourage you to take action to avoid interruption to your business operations.

Information will also be provided in the Business newsletter.

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Get the complete list of what you need to do for you, your business and your family, by following the steps outlined on the GOV.UK website.

The process for importing goods from the EU will change. Businesses in England, Wales and Scotland need to complete the following actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021. There will also be changes to moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland.

See GOV.UK's guidance for importers

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The Department for International Trade has launched an online service to help British exporters identify new trade opportunities overseas. The trade barriers service will allow users to search for information about barriers which could restrict trade and investment in overseas markets. It will also help exporters identify potential markets and growth opportunities for their products and services.

Read more about the trade barriers service on GOV.UK

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published updated guidance about how intellectual property laws in the UK will change after the Brexit transition period ends. From 1 January 2021, a range of changes to intellectual property rights will be in force, which will impact trade marks, designs and registered designs. The IPO has also outlined changes to the process for applying for intellectual property protection.

Read more about the changes on GOV.UK

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published its Data Sharing Code of Practice. The code will help organisations and businesses ensure their data sharing practices are fair, transparent and secure. The ICO has also launched a data sharing information hub, and have urged UK businesses to prepare for changes to data protection law that will come into force after the end of the Brexit transition period.

Read more about data sharing through the Information Commissioner's office (ICO)

Read more about data protection through the Information Commissioner's office (ICO)