How to prepare for no-deal Brexit – Boris Johnson’s Brexit transition tips

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A no-deal Brexit will come into force if the UK and EU fail to agree a free trade agreement by the end of 2020. The European Commission proposed a series of mini-laws to diminish the burden of no-deal Brexit on some industries. Both leaders have set Sunday as the deadline to decide if talks should continue or fold.

Mr Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met in Brussels on Wednesday, December 9, in a last bid to agree a deal before the UK’s transition period comes to an end.

The pair left their meeting without any deal in place, however, with Mrs von der Leyen said the two sides were still “far apart” and Downing Street claiming “very large gaps remain”.

The UK and EU are at odds on three key issues: fishing rights, the level-playing field and governance.

Mrs von der Leyen proposed a series of mini-deals to help planes, lorries and fishing boats continue if the deadlock is not broken by January 1.

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The UK PM briefed his top ministers on Thursday about Brexit progress, ordering them to “get on and make those preparations” for a no-deal outcome.

On Friday, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden echoed Mr Johnson’s view on a no-deal outcome.

But he added a Brexit trade deal is still a “significant possibility”.

Mr Dowden told Sky News: “I think there is a significant possibility we could get that deal and I think we should continue to work towards it.

“We’re pretty much 90 percent of the way there, but there are these two areas which are outstanding and which no reasonable prime minister could accept.

“Namely, we do need to control our own sovereign waters and particularly our fishing policy.

“And, as we leave the EU, we should be free to set our own rules and regulations and not face penalties if the EU changes their regulations and we don’t match them.

“I think it’s perfectly reasonable to push back on those things.”

The Government has established a transition check platform which provides you with all the necessary preparation you will need to undertake based on your information.

On the platform you are asked to provide the following information:

  • Your nationality
  • Where you live
  • What you do whether that is work, studying or if you are retired.
  • If you travel to the EU for business reasons
  • If you plan to travel to Ireland, an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, or the rest of the world for leisure and tourism
  • If you plan to travel abroad from January 1 how you plan to travel and if you will take a pet or assistance dog
  • If you plan to move to the EU or visit for more than 90 days
  • If you own a business or organisation and if so where your business is registered, if you employ anyone from another EU country; if you exchange data with another organisation in Europe; if you plan to apply for EU funding; if you sell your merchandise to the UK public sector, if you rely on intellectual property protection, if you run a website with a .eu domain, your type of business, how you transport goods.

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After you have entered all of the information relevant to your circumstances, you will be given a list of ways to prepare for the transition.

This will include advice for you and your family, your business or organisation, for visiting Ireland and the Common Travel Area.

Some preparations you need to undertake will be categorised as urgent meaning they are a high priority to organise.

You can fill in this form here.

You and your family will likely be advised on the following:

  • Appropriate travel insurance with health cover
  • Visas or work permits
  • Travel through and across borders
  • Your passport’s issue and expiry dates for travel to Europe.
  • Rules for travel with pets
  • Mobile phone roaming charges
  • Border checks
  • International Driving Permits
  • GB stickers for the back of vehicles.

For business or organisation owners, you will likely be advised on the following:

  • Export rules from January 1, 2021
  • Import rules from January 1, 2021
  • Rules for moving trade or goods in and out, or through Northern Ireland
  • Customs declarations
  • Tariff rules
  • EORI numbers
  • How to register to move goods to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein.
  • Employee rules regarding visas and work permits
  • Export rules for tax and duty rates.
  • Documents required for transporting goods.
  • Personal data rules
  • Worker rules
  • Exporting IP protected goods.
  • Buying chemicals from the EU
  • Providing online services to the EU.
  • Copyright licensing rules.
  • Packaging specifications.
  • Trade agreement rules
  • CITEs permits
  • How to do accounting and reporting
  • How .eu domain names work
  • Rules for unregistered design protection
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Horizon 2020 funding
  • Reporting unfair trade practices.

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