Brexit FAQs

Find answers to some of the most common questions that businesses have about Brexit.

When does the EU transition period end? +

The transition period – the period during which the UK and EU negotiated additional arrangements for Brexit – ended on 31 December 2020. New rules around trade, travel and business for the UK and EU came into effect on 1 January 2021.

What practical steps can my business take now the EU transition period has ended? +

You can find the latest government advice on what to do now the transition period has ended in the ‘Preparing for Brexit’ section of this website.

There has been mention of 'new tariffs' in relation to imports made after the EU transition period. What does this mean? +

As there will be new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021, import tariffs may change. You can find official guidance from the UK Government at GOV.UKLink opens in a new window.

Does the GDPR still apply now the transition period has ended? +

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) websiteLink opens in a new window has guidance on the action you may need to take.

How does the end of the transition period affect business travel to the EU? +

Requirements for travelling to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein changed from 1 January 2021. There are now more things to do if you’re travelling for business – for example:

  • going to meetings and conferences
  • providing services (even with a charity)
  • touring art or music

Read more about these extra business requirementsLink opens in a new window

Is there now a risk of delays and disruption to consignments leaving and arriving at UK ports? +

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has maintained that delays are inevitable now the Brexit transition period has ended. It also says that although hauliers know what they have to do, they haven’t yet received guidance from the Government on how to do it.

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