What happens next?

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union and has now entered into a transition period with the EU until 31 December 2020. Now that the UK is in the transition period there are a number of key milestones throughout the year as the UK and EU negotiates its future relationship.

Below is an outline of the key dates to look out for throughout the transition period as the UK and EU negotiate what their future relationship may look like from 1 January 2021.

Brexit Timeline

  • 31 January 2020

    UK left the EU

  • 7 – 11 September 2020

    Round 8 UK-EU negotiations in London

  • w/c 14 September 2020

    Meetings of Chief Negotiators (Brussels and London).

  • w/c 21 September 2020

    Meetings of Chief Negotiators (Brussels and London)

  • 28 September – 2 October 2020

    Round 9 UK-EU negotiations in Brussels

  • 15 October 2020

    European Council meeting took place. Following this summit the Prime Minister has urged businesses to prepare for a non-negotiated outcome. Negotiations will continue over the coming weeks.

  • 21 October 2020

    Further negotiations to continue over the coming days and weeks under a new set of organising principles.

  • Mid-November 2020

    Broadly accepted deadline for a deal to be struck in time for ratification by the UK and EU Parliaments .

  • 31 December 2020

    Last day of the transition period.

  • 1 January 2021

    Beginning of new UK-EU relationship – full customs procedures apply for exporting goods from GB to the EU.

  • 30 April 2021

    For UK based holder of EU registration(s) – deadline to notify chemical substance to HSE as a sole, joint or lead registrant, manufacturer, formulator, importer or Only Representative.

  • 1 July 2021

    Full customs procedures apply for importing into the UK.

  • 28 October 2021

    For UK based downstream user, Distributor, or importer of substances greater than 1T/year; deadline to provide basic information on imported substance to HSE.

  • 1 January 2023

    Automatic recognition of EASA approvals in UK lapses without new legislation or agreement.

  • 28 October 2023

    Deadline to complete registration to HSE for UK REACH grandfathered and imported substances meeting the 2-year tonnage band requirements. See gov.uk for information tonnage band requirements.

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