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The UK transition: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

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The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. On 1 January, the UK will regain its political and economic independence and can start new trading relationships with the EU and rest of the world.

Citizens and businesses can check what they need to do, to prepare for the changes and opportunities ahead at For businesses this includes preparing for a new approach to trade with our partners in the European Union. For individuals, this may include registering your residency rights. You can download a useful checklist here

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Actions you can take now

These are some of the new rules from January 2021. For a complete list of actions answer a few questions about you, your family or business.

Travelling to the EU

You can continue to travel to the EU as usual during the transition period.

From 1 January 2021 there will be new rules to travel to the EU, or to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Check what you need to do to travel to Europe from 2021

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

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.

Check what you must do in the country where you live

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:


Free webinars

Throughout October, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses prepare for new changes when the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union. Click here to find out more information and register. 

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