What will happen after Brexit?

After the UK leaves the EU there may be a transition period from then until 31 December 2020. During this period, EU legislation will still apply in the UK.

The EU and the UK have agreed the terms of such a transition period in principle. The UK government and the 27 remaining EU member states have approved this agreement.  It must still be ratified by the European Parliament and the British parliament.

Brexit transition period

If there is such a transition period, businesses and other organisations will have longer to prepare for the new rules that will apply from 1 January 2021. Free movement of people and goods will then still be possible up to and including 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, nothing will change for tourists travelling to and from the UK and Dutch Customs will not need to inspect most goods from the UK yet. The rights of Dutch nationals living in the UK will remain the same during the transition period.  

It is still unclear what new rules will apply to people and businesses after the transition period, however. The EU and the UK still need to negotiate these.  

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