Cabinet Office Minister Lord Frost and EU Commission Vice President Šefčovič held an informal meeting on Thursday evening in Brussels to discuss outstanding issues on the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland. In a statement published by the UK Government following the meeting, Lord Frost said that some “positive momentum had been established”. However, he added that “a number of difficult issues remained” and agreed to “intensified contacts at all levels” in the coming weeks. Both parties reiterated their commitment to further outreach with business groups, civil society and other stakeholders in Northern Ireland.
Import / Export Training
After months of negotiations, the UK and European Union finally agreed a deal that will define their future relationship, which came into effect at 23.00GMT on 31 December 2020.
Just over 20 days remain to resolve a process which began in 2013 when then Prime Minister, David Cameron promised a referendum if he was victorious in the 2015 general election. 7 years on and the UK is on the verge of leaving the customs union without a trade deal in place, unless the Prime Minister can find common ground on major sticking points.
Many aspects of the UK and the European Union’s future relationship remain uncertain – but we already know some things will change from 1 January 2021.
Here are some of the most important things for individual citizens to think about, and others which still remain unresolved.
Whether a deal is agreed with the EU or not, from 1st January 2021, there will be changes to import and export procedures for goods and services going to the EU (and the rest of the world) that businesses need to be aware of. I focus on two particular areas that firms need to be aware of and make preparations for:
The Export Academy has been launched by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to give new, novice and inexperienced exporters the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start selling goods or services to customers around the world.
The Home Office has launched a new campaign to help employers prepare for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system.
Free movement is ending, and the new system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way employers hire people from the EU.
The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020, and the transition period comes to an end in December this year. It is vital that businesses take action now to get ready for a new border operating environment from 1st January 2021.
The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has today launched its ‘Tech for Growth’ Programme to enhance the role technology can play in expanding access to financial services, and support future trading opportunities between the UK and emerging economies.
In preparation for Britain leaving the EU, the Government have launched their ‘Let’s Get Going’ campaign to support businesses in preparing.