Action to take after the Brexit transition

Now the UK has left the EU Customs Union and Single Market, businesses must adapt to the new rules.

Now the transition period with the European Union (EU) has ended, businesses need to focus on practical considerations, cope with new rules and any disruption that could affect them.

Businesses that do this should be in a stronger position to take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit offers.

Visit the Government's Brexit transition page, where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take.

The tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of, such as new rules on importing and exporting, moving goods to and from Northern Ireland, travelling abroad for work, and hiring staff from the EU.

Official government guidance

The UK Government has produced guidance for businesses on how to deal with the Brexit transition.

It includes action that you can take now, with the UK having left the Customs Union and Single Market on 31 December 2020. Use the transition checker tool at to identify the specific steps for your business.

Devolved administrations

You can also obtain information from the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.


The Scottish Government website has information to help businesses in Scotland.

Northern Ireland

Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s regional economic development agency, has produced information for NI businesses regarding the Brexit transition.


The Welsh Government has created a portal to provide Brexit information for businesses in Wales.

Guidance for specific industry sectors

After Brexit, the UK Government has put out broad guidance for the following sectors of the economy:

Reference to any organisation, business and event on this page does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation from the British Business Bank or the UK Government. Whilst we make reasonable efforts to keep the information on this page up to date, we do not guarantee or warrant (implied or otherwise) that it is current, accurate or complete. The information is intended for general information purposes only and does not take into account your personal situation, nor does it constitute legal, financial, tax or other professional advice. You should always consider whether the information is applicable to your particular circumstances and, where appropriate, seek professional or specialist advice or support.

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