The UK left the EU at 11pm (UK time) on 31 January 2020, and the transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement reached on Christmas Eve 2020 sets out the shape of the ongoing future relationship between the UK and the EU and provides some degree of certainty for UK businesses.
We have updated these pages to summarise, across our services, some of the impacts and actions to take in relation to the UK’s departure from the EU. We are reviewing these pages regularly, so do come back here to check out the latest, as it applies to you, on the UK’s journey until final implementation.
This page was last reviewed in January 2021.
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Posting employees to the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Don’t forget the social security position15 February 2021
In a welcome move last week, the EU notified the UK that all EU countries will apply the “detached workers” exception to UK employees who are temporarily seconded to work in the EU. Similarly the UK will apply the detached workers exception for EU employees who are temporarily seconded to work in the UK. This article reviews the latest position.
BREXIT has happened – what does it mean for company law and M&A transactions?11 February 2021
Although the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, under the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, the UK continued in most respects to be treated as if it were still part of the EU until 31 December 2020. This transition period has now ended and the full effects of the changes in UK law and regulation now apply.
What does the Brexit trade deal mean for employment law?30 December 2020
Boris Johnson was quick to proclaim Christmas Eve’s agreement on the future UK-EU relationship, just a week before the end of the Brexit transition period. We assess what implications the deal might have for employment law.
What the Brexit deal means for IP29 December 2020
When the Brexit ‘transition period’ ends at 11pm on 31st December 2020, it will have some significant implications for IP rights-holders across trade marks, designs, copyright and domain names.
Brexit – what’s the deal with data?29 December 2020
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“the Deal”) is sparse on detail on data however crucially it does grant pseudo adequacy to the UK for a period of 4 months (which can be extended to 6 months) from 1 January 2021 to allow the European Commission more time to make its formal Adequacy Assessment under Article 45 GDPR.
What the trade deal with the EU means for immigration29 December 2020
With the end of the Brexit implementation period comes the end of free movement of persons. This is the case irrespective of the fact that the UK has secured a trade deal with the EU.
New Immigration Act becomes law12 November 2020
The Act provides the legislative basis for ending EU free movement arrangements in the UK after the end of the transition period, and for recognising the immigration status of Irish citizens in the UK.
Terminating contracts: breaking up is never easy...12 February 2020
The UK has now left the EU. However, the precise terms of our departure are as yet unclear. In the face of uncertainty, prudent businesses are assessing contracts, their cost base and their exposure to currency fluctuations. As part of such a review, the well-prepared need to develop exit strategies where arrangements have become, or will become, unprofitable.