The UK left the EU on the 31 January 2020 and there will be a transition period until the end of 2020. During this period current rules of trade, travel and business will continue to apply while the EU and UK continue to negotiate additional arrangements. For more information visit gov.uk/transition
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS
Due to the UK leaving the EU with an withdrawal agreement, the close to 100.000 British citizens living in Sweden can continue living in Sweden with the same rights as before. The rights of citizens are protected under the withdrawal agreement and ensures they will be so forever, even after the transition period has ended. The withdrawal agreement and transition period also gives businesses time to prepare for new rules. Businesses need to assess their own exposure and any potential impact of the UK leaving the EU after the transition period has ended. The British Government and British Chambers of Commerce offers help and advice to get you and your business ready, for more information visit britishchambers.org.uk and gov.uk/transition-check.
GET READY FOR NEW RULES IN 2021
There will be new rules for living, working, travelling and doing business in the UK and EU from 1 January 2021. Without a free trade agreement in place by January 2021 the UK will trade under WTO rules. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out in his speech on 3 February 2020 what type of agreement he is looking for and has thereby made UK’s position clear. EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has also clearly set out EU’s initial negotiating position. There is still a gap between the two opening positions, and the task during 2020 for the EU and UK will be to negotiate their positions and reach an agreement.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s vision for a new partnership with the EU
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his vision for a trade deal with the EU, stating that he wants a comprehensive trade agreement. The PM has suggested that he wishes to see a trade deal similar to that of Canada or Australia.
The EU and UK - forging a new partnership beyond 2020
The EU has stated that it wants as close as possible partnership with the UK. Find out more from the European Commission about what has already been agreed and what is currently being negotiated and prepared from the Commissions website.