Brexit

The Government has published guidance for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for Brexit as part of its Get ready for Brexit campaign. 

The UK left the European Union on 31 January and enter a Brexit transition period. During this period, which runs until the end of December 2020, it will be business as usual for data protection.

The GDPR will continue to apply. Businesses and organisations that process personal data should continue to follow the ICO’s Data Protection and Brexit resources (below) for advice on their data protection obligations.

During the transition period, companies and organisations that offer goods or services to people in the EU do not need to appoint a European representative. It is not yet known what the data protection landscape will look like at the end of the transition period. 

PREPARING FOR END OF TRANSITION PERIOD

The government  has produced a checker tool to assist businesses and individuals to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, at gov.uk/transition. It is intended to  identify the necessary next steps that businesses need to take.

NEW TRADE ARRANGEMENTS FROM 1 JANUARY 2021

HMRC has sent a letter to VAT-registered businesses trading in the EU. The letter explains what businesses 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 if their imported goods are eligible for staged import controls