The UK’s departure from the EU

The biggest change for British businesses for a generation


A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.

Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. They will then start to negotiate new arrangements. There would be a transition period to prepare for new rules.

The UK could still leave with no deal if the withdrawal agreement is not approved by 31 January 2020, or at the end of a transition period.

Visit our Preparing for Brexit page to learn what practical steps your business can take now to be better prepared for the challenges and opportunities that will result from the UK leaving the EU and becoming an independent global trading nation.

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Government's ‘Prepare for EU Exit’ hub

On 8 January 2019 the government launched a new hub for no deal Brexit information on the hub, which has dedicated sections for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK. The webpages include a tool for filtering the technical notices, partnership packs and other guidance based on company sector.

Temporary import tariff rates and quotas after no-deal Brexit

The temporary non-preferential tariff rates and tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) on imports if the UK leaves the EU with no deal can be found here.

The document is a draft. A final version will be uploaded with the legislation which is subject to Parliamentary approval.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports into the UK from the EU and the rest of the world. The temporary rates would be in place for up to 12 months. The government will then introduce a permanent tariff regime following a public consultation.

International agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

The UK is taking steps to deliver continuity across a number of international agreements that we currently participate in as a member of the EU.

See full list here

Important dates:

28 October 2019 - Boris Johnson has formally accepted the EU's offer of a Brexit extension until 31 January 2020. 

Read Prime Minister's letter to President Donald Tusk here.

Click here to see the possible options going forward.

Possible future dates

21 December 2020 – The current plan, if Parliament agrees, is for a transition period of 21 months to smooth the path from Brexit to the UK and EU’s future permanent relationship.


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