EU exit transition watch — Had we but world enough and time

25 August 2020

If the politician and poet Andrew Marvell had ever got round to writing an “Ode to a Coy Trade Negotiator” he might have reminded them that some things you cannot simply keep putting off forever. Unfortunately, lacking his words of caution, the UK and EU teams have continued to meet and continued to report little or no progress.

House of Commons report on the trade policy response to Covid-19

14 August 2020

Commenting on a wide-ranging report on the impact of Covid-19 on international trade by the International Trade Committee, its chairman said that the Department for International Trade (DIT) would need to provide the right support to UK businesses as they rebuild as well as to lead international efforts to respond to the disease through coordinated trade policy. “Their successes and failures will affect us all”, he said.

Covid-19 secure: business impact analysis

12 August 2020

As reopening businesses consider how best to implement the Covid-19 secure guidelines, certain activities become problematic. Mike Sopp advises on how to decide if that particular activity is required for your business to operate.

Northern Ireland trade after the end of the transition period

10 August 2020

While attention in recent weeks has tended to focus on what will happen at the Channel ports when the UK leaves the single market on 31 December 2020, there is another border between the two. Now hauliers and businesses working in or trading with Northern Ireland are being alerted to the considerable changes that they too can expect at the end of the transition period. The explanation for the forthcoming changes can be found in the Northern Ireland Protocol which was formulated as part of the 2019 Withdrawal Agreement signed by the UK Government and the European Union.

Cross-Channel trade in 2021

7 August 2020

Paul Clarke reports on the situation with regards to cross-Channel trade both pre and post-Brexit.

Country Profile — Australia

7 August 2020

Australia may be far away — it is one of the furthest destinations from the UK — but it is also the world’s 14th largest market and one of the most familiar to British exporters.

Importing and exporting – the post-transition EU Border

4 August 2020

The UK government has issued guidance on how to manage imports and exports following the end of the transitional period of leaving the EU. The transitional period ends on 31 December 2020 and the new rules come into effect on 1 January 2021. It should be noted that this guidance does not apply to goods moved from and to Northern Ireland, as Northern Ireland has its own protocol. Hence, this article will refer to Great Britain (GB) rather than the UK.

Eight essential coronavirus Q&As

30 July 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a continously fast-moving subject. Please refer to the GOV.UK’s website for the latest updates.