EU transition

This page contains key information and links to other websites and resources which show how you can prepare for the EU transition. It also summarises how we've prepared for the EU transition period.

How can you prepare?

The government has created a toolkit for preparing for the EU transition:

EU transition - changes for business and citizens

EU citizens advised to take action during EU transition

With just days until the end of the EU Transition Period, the Government has advised EU citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). You can read the announcement here

If you are an EU or Swiss national, you can apply for settled status as an EU citizen who wishes to continue to work in the UK.

Guides to help you prepare

The Government has created guides to help you prepare for our departure from the EU if you are:

You can access information on consumer rights and data protection, as well as any other guides which may apply to you, on the GOV.UK website.

UK launches Global Health Insurance Card

On 11 January the Government launched the UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). The new card will gradually replace the existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) and UK residents will be able to apply for the GHIC from 11 January.

Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, UK residents’ rights to emergency and medically necessary healthcare will continue when travelling in the EU. This includes medically necessary treatment for a pre-existing or chronic condition.

Current European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are valid as long as they are in date and people can continue to use these when travelling to the EU.

How is the council preparing?

We are working closely with all of our partners to assess what impacts there could be upon our residents and the wider community, and where possible we are taking steps to minimise these as much as possible.

We have continued to work closely with both local and regional partners to coordinate our plans pre- and post- exit day.

Our aim is to ensure that we seek to minimise impacts to our residents and businesses from the changes arising from the national exit plan, and that local businesses can continue to prosper following the exit, by taking advantage of new opportunities that may arise.

The government has established a network of nine local authority Chief Executives from across the country to better engage at the regional level. The Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council, Richard Carr, is the Eastern regional lead and acts as the North Hertfordshire District Council representative on this network.

The Council's lead officer for the EU Transition is Jeanette Thompson, Service Director: Legal and Community.

Guidance for council children’s services during the transition period

The government updated guidance to help council children’s services to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December.

The government also updated guidance on how schools, further education colleges and councils should prepare for possible changes to their food supply chain from 1 January 2021.

Make sure your business is ready for the change

  • If you sell goods to the EU you must prepare for new customs procedures. Visit GOV.UK to check duties and customs procedures for exporting your goods worldwide from 1 January 2021.
  • If you travel to the EU for work purposes you will need to check if you need a visa or work permit and apply if necessary.
  • If you employ overseas nationals you will need to prepare your business for the implementation of the new immigration system. From 1 January 2021, if you want to hire anyone from outside the UK, including from the EU, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor.
  • If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow legally at the end of the transition period.
  • If you provide services in the EU, you must ensure that your qualifications are now recognised by EU regulations to be able to practice or service clients in the EU.

Businesses can get a personalised summary of the actions they need to take by using the simple tool at GOV.UK/transition.

The government has created guides to help you prepare:

Information on preparing for exit day for your business, including checklists and FAQs, is also available at:

For regular updates on all things business support, follow @BbfaHerts and @HertsGrowthHub on Twitter.

Check how to export goods and trade with the UK

Online tools are available from the Department for International Trade (DIT) which are sources of information for UK and international exporters. The tools provide product-specific and country-specific information in one place, making it easier to understand the changes that came into effect on 1 January 2021.

The Check How to Export Goods (CHEG) tool is aimed at UK exporters and pulls together information on the UK border, duties, rules of origin and customs procedures.

CHEG tool:

How can your business prepare for new trading rules?

Businesses are being advised to take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will come into effect from January 2021.

In preparation, businesses are currently being advised of steps they can take to minimise disruption and take advantage of the new opportunities:

  1. Visit GOV.UK/transition and take a short survey to receive a personalised list of actions for you and your business to take.
  2. Sign up to email alerts to stay up to date with any further changes.
  3. Plan ahead and take the steps needed to complete the actions and prepare your business for the new trading rules.

If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can’t find answers at GOV.UK/transition, fill out the enquiry form and an expert adviser will provide support.

Further information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) can be accessed by visiting

UK Transition: Stakeholder toolkit for business communications

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a new stakeholder toolkit on EU Transition. This is organised by sector, and includes information on upcoming webinars that will help businesses to prepare. The toolkit also lists priority actions that can be taken now by businesses in different priority sectors to help them to prepare.

New and updated guidance for businesses regarding the end of the EU Transition Period

The Government has today (19 November) published guidance to help businesses comply with regulations as the Transition Period ends.

There will be some differences between the rules for those businesses trading in Great Britain and those trading in Northern Ireland, so the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is producing separate but complementary guidance to help businesses navigate what is expected of them.

New initiatives to help hauliers prepare for the end of the transition period

The government has announced that 45 information and advice sites are now open across the UK to prepare hauliers for the end of the transition period. The sites will offer hauliers one-to-one training on the new procedures coming into place, with support available in 13 different languages.

Alongside this, a Haulier Handbook has also been published. The handbook, which will also be translated into 13 different languages, acts as a one-stop-shop to provide key information and advice on customs procedures, clearly setting out how hauliers can prepare themselves, their vehicles and their goods to continue travelling smoothly across the GB-EU border and help minimise disruption.

Webinars on preparing businesses for the end of the transition period

Register and watch sector-specific webinars about how businesses can prepare for new rules from 1 January 2021.

These webinars are for UK businesses and individual professionals providing services to EU markets. These cover a range of sectors, including:

  • engineering
  • auditing
  • legal services
  • advertising
  • HR
  • recruitment

Watch a free webinar to understand the actions that your business needs to take before the end of the year.

Business and the Future of Immigration podcast

To help employers prepare for the points-based immigration system, the Home Office has created a podcast episode in partnership with Intelligence Squared.

In the podcast, a panel of independent experts from the world of business and immigration explain what the new immigration system is, and the practical steps employers can take to prepare.

The discussion covers what employers need to know if they are thinking of hiring anyone from outside the UK from 1 January 2021.

The Government has also updated the guidance on the points-based system for employers.

Business and the Future of Immigration in 2021
Business and the Future of Immigration in 2021 continued

The UK’s Point based Immigration System information for EU citizens
The way you hire from the EU is changing