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Brexit transition period

The transition period

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

Information has been produced by the government to check how to get ready for changes in 2021.

Information for residents

The government has issued information on the transition period. There is also information for visiting Europe and buying things from Europe.

EU settlement scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply now to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

You can apply using any device, for example, a laptop or smartphone.

Full information on how and where to apply and what documentation you will need can be found on apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK Government has published information on the new points-based immigration system that will be introduced from 1 January 2021. Information on the new immigration system can be found on GOV.UK.

UK nationals living in the EU

If you are a UK national living in the EU there will be no change to your rights and status until after Brexit. You can still work, access healthcare and collect your pension as you do now.

After Brexit, your rights may change. Information is available for living in Europe or check specific guidance for the country you live in.

Information for businesses

From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:

More advice

The Thames Valley Business Growth Hub has information available for local businesses on how to prepare.

The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has a transition hub available for businesses.