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Brexit – agreement finally reached

Brexit – agreement finally reached

The UK-EU trade agreement, which contains new rules for living, working and trading together, took effect from 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020. Resume: trade and tariffs There will be no tariffs on goods (taxes) or limits on the amount that can be traded (quotas) between the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021....

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Brexit update as at 18 December

Brexit update as at 18 December

Another deadline: There are “just a few hours left” for the UK and EU to agree a post-Brexit trade deal, says Michel Barnier. Speaking in the European Parliament, the EU’s chief negotiator said it was “the moment of truth” for the two sides to come to an agreement.  While he said there was still a “chance”...

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Brexit update with 30 days to go

Brexit update with 30 days to go

From 1 January 2021 free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work. Anyone coming to the UK to work, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply...

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Intellectual Property rules are changing for 2021

Intellectual Property rules are changing for 2021

Business Secretary, Aloc Sharma MP, has said it is important that businesses are ready for the end of the transition period on 31 December, particularly in relation to Intellectual Property rules. There will be changes to how the Intellectual Property (IP) system and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will operate. These changes will affect: Trade...

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BEIS reminds businesses of crucial actions before Transition ends

BEIS reminds businesses of crucial actions before Transition ends

The Business Intelligence and Readiness Directorate within BEIS has asked the NCC to publicise the following information in preparation for the End of the Transition Period. The Transition Period ends on Thursday 31st December – there will, they say, be no extension. The UK will no longer be part of the EU Customs Union and...

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Free webinar on Brexit on 19 November

Free webinar on Brexit on 19 November

Government is running a free webinar at 10.30am on Thursday 19 November 2020 on the theme of ‘time is running out, prepare for the end of the transition period’.  Speakers from the Department for International Trade will talk on actions businesses need to take to continue trading with EU and non-EU countries from 1 January...

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Brexit and data protection

Brexit and data protection

The Government has just published its Partner Pack for a new campaign to make sure that businesses prepare for new data protection requirements that will result from the UK leaving the EU at the end of the year. The three key messages are: If you’re a business or organisation that receives personal data from the...

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Brexit information – Government updates online

Brexit information – Government updates online

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period will end in less than two month’s time. For businesses and organisations in the tourism sector, general guidance on the actions needed by 31 December can be found by following the links below: Contents include: Your employees Your data Your organisation and services Movement of...

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HMRC writes to VAT registered companies

HMRC writes to VAT registered companies

HMRC has written to all VAT registered companies to explain what they need to do to prepare for new processes for moving goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021, including: making sure they have a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number deciding how they will make customs declarations checking...