Brexit - new EU-UK partnership: where do we stand?

On 24 December 2020 the negotiators from the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) reached an agreement on a new partnership. This agreement sets out the rules that apply between the EU and the UK as of 1 January 2021.  

The EU member states approved the agreement on 29 December 2020. The UK parliament’s approval followed on 31 December 2020. The European Parliament will approve the agreement in 2021. On 1 January 2021 provisional application of the agreement took effect and the new rules entered into force.

Read about the new EU-UK partnership in documents from the European Commission.

Read this information in Dutch.

Agreement on the new EU-UK partnership

The agreement between the EU and UK on a new partnership sets out the new rules that apply as of 1 January 2021 in the relationship between the EU and the UK. It covers areas such as:

  • trade in goods and services;
  • a level playing field;
  • fisheries;
  • aviation and road transport;
  • social security;
  • UK participation in EU programmes;
  • internal security.

New rules for doing business with UK and travelling to UK

New rules now apply when doing business with the UK. For example, there are now checks and more administrative procedures at the border between the UK and EU. Read more about the changes for businesses as of 1 January 2021 here.

New rules now also apply when travelling to or via the UK. Read more about travelling and other changes affecting Dutch people as of 1 January 2021 here (in Dutch).  

In the period ahead the information on this website will be updated to reflect the agreement.

Transition period ended on 31 December 2020

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period was in place until 31 December 2020, during which all EU rules and laws continued to apply to the UK. Some of the rules set out in the UK Withdrawal Agreement of 12 November 2019 continue to apply now that the transition period has ended. One example is the rules concerning citizens’ rights.

Brexit timelineKey dates in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU: