The UK has left the EU. As we transition to our new relationship, we ALL need to take action to prepare.
There are guaranteed changes for businesses and individuals.
And that’s regardless of the outcome of negotiations with the EU.
To make beginning this new chapter in the history of the UK as seamless as possible, the government has launched a quick and easy online transition checker everybody can use.
It takes just a few minutes to complete and instantly gives personalised lists of actions for you, your family, and your business as we move forward together.
We all need to plan ahead and this tool makes that simple.
Check the guidance. Make the changes. And let’s get going!
The UK transition will mean lots of exciting changes and opportunities for individuals – but also for businesses.
This includes preparing for a new approach to trading with our EU partners and how our borders will operate for moving goods.
Now is the time for businesses to start thinking about the appropriate and relevant actions they will need to take in order to be best placed for the UK’s new start.
But the actions people and business owners need to take vary based on their circumstances. They include:
- Making sure you are ready to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, for example by getting comprehensive travel insurance, ensuring your passport is valid, and checking your roaming policy with your mobile phone provider.
- If you want to travel to Europe with your pet from 1 January 2021, contact your vet at least four months before you travel.
- Making sure your business is ready to export or import from/to the EU, for example by getting an EU EORI number or registering with the relevant Customs Authority.
The Government is already taking action to take the UK’s border facilities to the next level.
In July, it announced a £705million funding package for border infrastructure, staffing and IT to ensure GB border systems are fully operational when the UK takes back control of its border.
These essential preparations will ensure we are all ready to seize the opportunities available for the first time in nearly fifty years as a fully sovereign United Kingdom.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove (below) said: “At the end of this year we are leaving the single market and Customs Union regardless of the type of agreement we reach with the EU. This will bring changes and significant opportunities for which we all need to prepare.
“While we have already made great progress in getting ready for this moment, there are actions that businesses and citizens must take now to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running as a fully independent United Kingdom.
“This is a new start for everyone in the UK – British and European citizens alike – so let’s get going.”
Details of the key actions that businesses and individuals need to take before the end of the transition period can be found on gov.uk/transition.