Leaving the EU: the law from January 2021

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The United Kingdom has left the European Union (EU) and we are nearing the end of the transition period after Brexit.

If your business is involved in importing or exporting goods (which, come January, will include importing from and exporting to the EU) you may wish to consult the Government guidance. As you will see from these pages, the Government will publish information on moving goods into, out of and through Northern Ireland in the next few weeks.

There will be some changes to trading standards law from January, so we have created separate versions of a number of In-depth Guides that cover affected areas.

The existing versions, covering current law, will remain online for the time being but will be replaced early next year. If you wish to 'watch' these guides for updates, please watch both versions.

News

Businesses urged to prepare for the end of the transition period
Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has written to over 600,000 firms across the UK, urging them to prepare for the changes that will occur from 1 January 2021. More >

Guidance

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Construction products - from 1 January 2021 (ALL)
Labelling of beef - from 1 January 2021 (E,W)

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Alternative dispute resolution - from 1 January 2021 
Consumer contracts: distance sales - from 1 January 2021 
Construction products - from 1 January 2021 
Cosmetic products - from 1 January 2021 
Electrical equipment - from 1 January 2021 
Electrically assisted pedal cycles - from 1 January 2021 
Energy rating information - from 1 January 2021 
Fireworks - from 1 January 2021 
Food labelled in a foreign language - from 1 January 2021 
Foot-and-mouth disease - from 1 January 2021 
General product safety: distributors - from 1 January 2021 
General product safety: producers - from 1 January 2021 
Hallmarking - from 1 January 2021 
Horse passports - from 1 January 2021 
Imported feed and food controls - from 1 January 2021 
Intellectual property - from 1 January 2021 
Internet auction sites and marketplaces - from 1 January 2021 
Labelling of beef - from 1 January 2021 
Labelling of honey - from 1 January 2021 
Labelling of prepacked foods: general - from 1 January 2021 
Labelling of textiles - from 1 January 2021 
Manufacturing your own pet foods - from 1 January 2021 
Novelty, decorative and ornamental giftware - from 1 January 2021 
Package travel and holidays - from 1 January 2021 
Packaged goods: average quantity - from 1 January 2021 
Product safety: due diligence - from 1 January 2021 
Tobacco etc: packaging, labelling, advertising and tracking - from 1 January 2021 
Toys - from 1 January 2021 
Weighing equipment for legal use - from 1 January 2021