Please find below a summary of the general issues your business needs to be aware of post 01/01/2021.
- UK businesses with a branch operating in the EU will become a third country business in the event of no-deal, and so will need to comply with the laws in those countries.
PEOPLE AND TRAVEL
- Businesses will still be able to hire staff from EU countries after the UK leaves the Union.
- The UK Government will establish a new skills-based immigration system by 2021. Until then, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK after EU Exit will be able to work or study for up to 3 months without a visa.
- Those who want to stay in the UK beyond the initial 3-month visa free period, will be able to apply for EU Temporary Leave to Remain (TLR) while they are in the UK to remain for up to 36 additional months. This period will not be extendable. Those who want to remain permanently would have to apply under the new skills-based immigration system.
- Employers will need to continue to conduct the same Right to Work checks that they currently do, using EU/EEA/Swiss citizens’ passport or national identity card, until 2021.
EU workers’ right to stay
- EU nationals and their family members who have lived in the UK for at least five years will have until 31 December 2020 to apply for UK Settled Status. If they’ve been in the UK for less than 5 years, they can apply for Pre-Settled status until they have completed five years.
- Irish citizens do not need to apply for the right to stay unless they wish to.
UK self-employed workers abroad
Self-employed workers working in the EU, EEA or Switzerland should check whether they will need to pay local social security contributions after we leave the EU. Please use link below for more information-
Most of the data protection rules affecting small to medium-sized businesses and organisations will stay the same after exiting the EU.
The UK is committed to maintaining the high standards of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the government plans to incorporate it into UK law after Brexit.
- No EU contacts or customers – where a business does not receive personal data from the EU, little or no additional work will be required to prepare for data protection compliance after Brexit.
- Businesses that receive data from the EU – where an organisation receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, extra steps will be needed to ensure that the data can continue to flow after Brexit.
- Businesses will need to comply with both UK and EU data protection regulations after Brexit if they have an office, branch or other established presence in the European Economic Area (EEA), or if they have customers in the EEA.
The following weblink provides a summary of what you need to do to run your business after 1st January 2021. Please take the time to read and ensure you are ready.
Please be aware that this information is our interpretation of the current published guidance and is subject to change at any time.