Brexit - The UK Transition

Take action to get ready for new rules from Jan 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

There are 80 days to go until the United Kingdom leaves the Single Market and the Customs Union and businesses, citizens and Government need to prepare. On Wednesday 23 September, The Chancellor of the Duchy Lancaster made a statement to the House of Commons on preparations for the end of the Transition Period.

As part of these preparations the Government has published the Reasonable Worst Case Scenario for potential disruption to freight travelling between Great Britain and the European Union at the end of the transition period.

Help is available to support businesses prepare. There is a user-friendly checker tool at gov.uk/transition which details exactly what businesses need to do, and upcoming business support webinars are detailed below.

The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021.

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.

See the full schedule and sign up to for live sessions here. Following the initial broadcast the webinars will be available on demand.

Register for free webinars to learn more about what you need to do to export animals, fish and high risk foods not of animal origin from 1 January 2021.

Helping you prepare businesses for the end of the transition period

BEIS is running a series of webinars for trade associations, business bodies and business advisers to assist them in supporting firms to prepare for the end of the transition period. Register your interest here.

Help and support if your business trades with the EU

Learn more about trading with the EU from 1 January 2020. Videos are available on:

  • Exporting and sending goods outside of the UK
  • Importing and bringing goods into the UK
  • The customs clearance process

*UPDATE* The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has written to specific business sectors. The letters provide tailored advice about key actions that businesses must take after the Transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

View the sector-specific letters for:

Changes to how the Intellectual Property (IP) system and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will operate. These changes will affect:

You can find out more information about all of these changes in this news story from the IPO.