Doing business in the UK after Brexit
Your questions answered
Will my CE certification still be valid after Brexit?
Products exported to the EU will still need to conform to EU regulations and have EU certification. Certification processes can vary, with some goods requiring self-certification, and other goods requiring Notified Bodies to inspect the product.
Certification from a UK Notified Body will no longer be valid in the EU after the Brexit. However, most UK Notified Bodies have set up European subsidiaries to ensure continuity. Check with your Notified Body and find out whether they can offer this service.
New certification marking will be introduced in the UK, called ‘UKCA’. UKCA marking will likely not be necessary immediately, with a grace period instead.
Are EC Sales Lists still required after Brexit?
EU Businesses do not need to submit EC Sales Lists for sales made after Brexit, which is currently the end of the transition period, 31st December 2020. For any sales made before the 1 January 2021, businesses will have bee given until 21st January 2021 to submit their ESLs.
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What are the Brexit consequences for EU nationals living in the UK?
Any EU nationals that are residing in the UK by the 31st December will still be able to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme until the 30th June 2021. If they have got the settled/pre-settled status, then nothing changes.
If the EU national has a settled/pre-settled status, they will not need a VISA and will be able to continue working in the UK. If the EU national moves to the UK for work after the 1 January 2021, then a VISA is required. Until 1 July 2021, you can continue coming to the UK as a frontier worker using your valid passport or national identity card. You can apply for the frontier worker permit as soon as the scheme is launched.
On 10 December, the government is expected to launch a frontier worker permit scheme. Can then apply if you have frontier worker status. Applications are free. You can apply online from inside or outside the UK.
From 1 July 2021, you must hold a valid frontier worker permit, as well as your valid passport or national identity card, to enter the UK as a frontier worker.
A frontier worker is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen employed or self-employed in the UK but who lives elsewhere. You can keep your frontier worker status if you are working in the UK by 31 December 2020, but you should apply for a frontier worker permit as soon as possible.
Will employing EU nationals still be possible after Brexit?
It will still be possible to employ EU nationals after Brexit if:
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