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The UK has left the EU – The Transition Period

There is now a transition period 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 will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

You should prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements.

Check how to get ready for new rules in 2021

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The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration

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What you can do now

Actions you can take now that do not depend on negotiations.

Preparing your business

From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:

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.

Check what you need to do to stay in the UK

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.

Check what you must do in the country where you live

All transition period information

Browse all information related to the transition period

  1. Services
  2. Guidance and regulation
  3. News and communications
  4. Research and statistics
  5. Policy papers and consultations
  6. Transparency and freedom of information releases

Published: January 2020

Source: GOV UK

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