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The UK has left the EU.

The new UK–EU Trade Co-operation Agreement

The transition period has now ended, with the conclusion of the new UK-EU Trade Co-operation Agreement.

Businesses should note the changes to trading arrangements, including:

  • Changes to UK-EU trade at the UK border including on customs, tariffs and VAT.
  • Companies will need a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number to continue to trade with the EU.
  • Companies selling manufactured goods will need to check regulatory requirements and comply with new rules on labelling, approvals and testing.
  • New rules including visa regulations if providing services or operating in the EU around branches/subsidiaries, planning a merger with an EU company, have employees who travel to EU/EEA countries or Switzerland for business or providing services in a regulated profession. 
  • The changes on how to send and receive personal data from international partners, including in the EEA.
  • Bedford Borough companies will still be able to employ EU citizens as they currently do and are required to conduct the same right to work, checks.
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens should apply to continue to work in the UK under the EU settlement scheme.
  • The regulations regarding intellectual property, affecting copyright, patents, designs and trademarks. 

Companies are advised to consult the UK EU New rules page. It provides the links to guidance for these and other issues and topics of importance to best to prepare, be informed and receive updates regarding the new regulations.

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub also provides resources to help local business prepare for EU exit. It is hosting a series of webinars over the next few months to help businesses through the early days of the new system.

Please check the schedule to see what is available.