As talks continue on all aspects of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, businesses are urged to get ready for the end of the transition period. We outline the key areas to address below and invite member feedback.

Feedback your experiences

We are keen to hear from members on any specific concerns or experiences that you may need help with. We will feed information into Government to help resolve challenges from anything relating to the border and movement of goods to regulatory changes.

The end of the Transition Period – are you Brexit ready?

Customs and Borders
For goods moving between Great Britain and the EU, there will be requirements for full customs declarations and procedures. For imports, full requirements will be phased in over six months, For exports, full declarations and checks apply from 1 January 2021.

Aviation Safety
The UK Government has stated its intention to leave the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) will become the main regulatory body for UK Aviation Safety Certification.

Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Protocol will apply regardless of the outcome of negotiations between the UK and EU. Businesses in Northern Ireland will continue to have unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market from 1st January 2021. Businesses should use the government TSS as a first stop for support on the new requirements.

A new UK REACH regime will apply in the UK from the end of 1 January 2021. Existing registrations held by UK companies on the EU REACH system will be moved to the new UK REACH system without a fee. Businesses need to ensure HSE are notified of the substance registrations required within 120 days.

Businesses need to ensure they have the correct legal basis established for all future data transfers once the UK is no longer in the EU to ensure data flows are undisrupted.

If members of your workforce are EU citizens, they should apply for Settled Status by 30 June 2021. The Government have recently published updated guidance on Frontier Workers Rights in the UK at the end of the Transition Period.

R&D and Space Programmes
The Withdrawal Agreement allows the UK to continue participating in EU programmes funded by the 2014-2020 Multi-Financial Framework (MFF). This means that UK companies can continue to bid for, participate in, and even lead Horizon 2020 projects.

More information and guidance can be found in the Brexit Hub and in our Preparing for Brexit webinar series which is available to members on demand.