Last reviewed 13 November 2020

Although the UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, it has continued to be bound by European legislation, and to have full access to the Single Market, during an 11-month transition period.

That period ends on 31 December 2020, however, and the Government has been issuing guides explaining how various sectors will be affected by the changes that will then come into play with regard to trade and the movement of people.

It has now published a guide for the construction sector which can be found at GOV.UK.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has also issued a “transition self-checker” available at www.gov.uk/transition, which asks for responses to a few questions in order to provide a personalised list of actions.

The main guide focuses on matters such as importing and exporting and particularly on whether an organisation would be advised to hire a person or business to deal with customs on its behalf.

Construction firms will also want to know how the changes being introduced on 1 January 2021 will affect their ability to hire workers from the EU Member States. UK Visas and Immigration offers a guide to the EU Settlement Scheme, Right to work checks and complying with the new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas.

The new guide also coves issues such as moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol, how to comply with REACH chemical regulations and the rules that will apply to buying and selling timber and timber products.