Navigating Brexit uncertainty together

Ensure your supply chain is prepared for what happens next.

Stay abreast of the Brexit story from the start to the finale.

Post-Brexit

Following the December 24 agreement, here are the prospective milestones in the Brexit process businesses and logistics partners need to keep in mind:

January 2021

The UK leaves the Customs Union. Any EU trade agreements that the UK has managed to roll over will come into effect. For countries where a trade deal has not been rolled over, the UK Global Tariff will go into effect.

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April 2021

All products of animal origin (POAO) will require pre-notification and health documentation and physical checks will be conducted at the point of destination. The grace period under REACH for UK companies importing chemicals to make initial registrations will have expired.

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June 2021

The EU Settlement Scheme deadline for registration will be on June 30, 2021.

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July 2021

The UK Border Operating Model will end. The entire burden of customs declarations will become permanent and subject to full declarations at the point of importation. Tariffs with additional paperwork and checks will take place.

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January 2022

The UK’s grace period on CE marking will end, meaning that firms must have switched to UKCA compliance by this date (GB products only).

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January 2023

While the UK and the EU rules and testing processes will remain broadly the same for regulated goods in the immediate years after no deal, in the future divergence will occur. This will increase the barriers of doing trade across borders. Firms will have to cope with the new and different requirements being introduced unevenly across the UK and the EU.

Pre-Brexit

Our timeline provides you with what has happened so far as the clock finally hit midnight on Brexit.

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December 31, 2020

The UK leaves the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. Both sides move forward with the terms set forth from this date onwards. In the case of a ‘No deal,’ the UK returns to the basic World Trade Organisation terms, meaning tariffs on goods and border checks.
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October 15, 2020

The latest EU Leaders’ Summit takes place. While an agreement to extend talks has been reached, it is believed British PM Boris Johnson and the UK government would like clarity on several issues by this date.
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June 30, 2020

The deadline for the extension of the transition period passed.
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March 2020

The negotiations on trade in goods and other areas begin.
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January 31, 2020

The UK officially exits the EU and enters an 11-month transition period.
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October 3, 2019

Boris Johnson and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, approve a further month of negotiations after agreeing enough progress has been made to justify the last push to reach a deal on trade and security.
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September 24, 2019

The government updates that lorry drivers will need a permit to enter Kent after Brexit's transition period.
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September 23, 2019

News breaks that exporters to the EU face 7,000-truck-long queues in Kent – the English county through which all channel tunnel traffic must move. Additionally, there are two-day delays to trade after the Brexit transition period ends.
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September 19, 2019

The MPs pass a Brexit bill to fill the vacuum created by the end of the unified Brussels standards laws and standards. The bill sets out mutual recognition rules to keep business seamless.
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March 2019

Brexit was due to take place but gets delayed.
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June 2016

Voters in the UK decide in a referendum that the UK should leave the European Union.

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