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The UK border: preparedness for the end of the transition period

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU). There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.  The current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU continue to apply during the transition period. The government is preparing for when the UK–EU relationship changes and the EU begins treating the UK as a non-member state and third country for the purposes of EU law.

We have previously published three reports on government’s preparedness at the UK Border for EU Exit, in October 2018; February 2019 and October 2019 focusing primarily on preparations in the event of ‘no deal’. We are currently reviewing government’s preparedness at the border for the end of the transition period.