Into the Transition Period

What will happen

On Friday 31 January at 23.00 GMT the UK will officially leave the European Union and the Article 50 process comes to an end. However, not a lot will change in the immediate aftermath of Friday 31 January as the UK and EU have agreed a transition period which will last until 31 December 2020.

During this transition period the UK will remain a member of the EU’s single market and customs union for another 11 months, still benefiting from freedom of movement of people and goods and membership of regulatory regimes such as EASA and REACH.

A more significant moment will be on 1 January 2021, the UK’s first day outside EU rules after the transition period. Under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, that day could be delayed until 2022 or 2023, but the Prime Minister has ruled out any extension of the transition period. Should an extension be desired, the UK must notify the EU before 30 June 2020.

ADS Priorities

As we move onto the future relationship negotiations, ADS has set out its priorities for the UK’s future relationship with the EU:

  • Maintaining aviation safety through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Ensuring supply chain continuity in relation to chemical regulations
  • A customs agreement that minimises additional costs for just-in-time supply chains
  • A comprehensive defence and security partnership
  • Inclusion in collaborative European Space and R&D programmes
  • Access to skilled labour to maintain the UK’s global competitiveness

See below a more comprehensive overview of these priorities and what ADS believes the Government should take during the second phase of negotiations.

Future ADS work on Brexit

ADS will continue to work with industry and Government during the transition period to make sure the UK secures the best possible future relationship with the EU for our sectors.

On advice for Members, the Brexit Hub will continue to evolve as the future relationship negotiations become clearer. On 31 January the Brexit Hub will provide the latest information on the UK’s status as it leaves the EU.

The Brexit Hub has been updated today to reflect the UK entering the transition period and ADS will be updating information throughout the future relationship negotiations to help members prepare, cutting through the political noise, and providing a single authoritative source of information on the impact of Brexit on the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. More information is also available on the Gov.UK website.

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