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Brexit Readiness Action Plan 2020

On 9 September, the Government published its Brexit Readiness Action Plan. 

The Brexit Readiness Action Plan supports and promotes the necessary preparations for the substantial and enduring changes that will arise at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. 

Regardless of the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK, the UK will no longer be a part of the Single Market and Customs Union. This will have profound and immediate implications for every business who moves goods to, from or through Great Britain.  We know with certainty that there will be new customs formalities and new regulatory requirements from that date.

For each challenge arising, the Action Plan sets out the actions the Government will take, and the actions that business and individuals must take to address the changes and mitigate the risks that will arise.

The Government has put in place a range of supports and other resources to assist in preparing for the end of the transition period.  Businesses are encouraged to avail of these supports, and to get ready now if they have not already done so.  Acting now can help to mitigate the risks of disruption, delays and increased costs. 

It is important to note that from 1 January 2021, when the transition period ends, the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (‘the Protocol’) will apply.  The Protocol protects the Good Friday Agreement, North/South cooperation and the all island economy.  It avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland, while preserving the integrity of the EU Single Market and Ireland’s place in it.  It also includes commitments to ensure no diminution of rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity, as set out in the Good Friday Agreement, and confirms that people in Northern Ireland will continue to enjoy their rights as EU citizens.  The Common Travel Area will also continue to operate as it does today.

Read the Brexit Readiness Action Plan

Read details of previous Brexit Contingency Actions Plans