Leaving the EU: the law from January 2021

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The United Kingdom has left the European Union (EU) and the post-Brexit transition period ended on 31 December.

If your business is involved in importing or exporting goods (which includes importing from and exporting to the EU) you may wish to consult the Government guidance. There is also UK Government guidance on moving goods into, out of and through Northern Ireland.

Useful information on Northern Ireland and the EU, including the Northern Ireland Protocol, can be found on the NI Direct / TÉ Díreach website.

Guidance

The list below shows all the guides that have been affected, to a greater or lesser extent, by the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Note: although the United Kingdom has left the European Union, certain pieces of legislation (formally known as 'retained EU law') will still apply until such time as they are replaced by new UK legislation; this means that you will still see references to EU regulations in our guidance.

Alcoholic beverages, spirits and food 
Alternative dispute resolution 
BSE testing of cattle 
Construction products 
Consumer contracts: distance sales 
Cosmetic products 
Electrical equipment 
Electrically assisted pedal cycles 
Energy rating information 
E-scooters 
Fireworks 
Food labelled in a foreign language 
Foot-and-mouth disease 
General product safety: distributors 
General product safety: producers 
Goods in rented accommodation 
Hallmarking 
Home slaughter of cattle  
Horse passports 
Imported feed and food controls 
Intellectual property 
Internet auction sites and marketplaces 
Labelling of beef 
Labelling of honey 
Labelling of poultry and other meats 
Labelling of prepacked foods: general 
Labelling of textiles 
Leather goods 
Manufacturing your own pet foods 
Mini motos, off-road vehicles, etc 
Novelty, decorative and ornamental giftware 
Nutrition and health claims 
Packaged goods: average quantity 
Package travel and holidays 
Poultry at markets: handling and transport 
Product safety: due diligence 
Requirements for cattle identification
Second-hand electrical goods 
Second-hand gas cooking appliances 
Small bakers and average weight 
The sale of alcohol in licensed premises 
The welfare of animals during transport 
Tobacco etc: packaging, labelling, advertising and tracking 
Transporting horses by road 
Transporting livestock by road: paperwork 
Toys 
Weighing equipment for legal use 

News

Your Brexit companion
Brexit happened at 23:00 on 31 January 2020 and the UK then entered a 'transition period', which froze all existing legislation in place until 1 January 2021. More >

Webinars for importers of food and drink products from the EU
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is hosting a number of webinars in late February and March concerning changes to importing food and drink, including composite food and fishery products, from the European Union (EU) to Great Britain (GB) from 1 April 2021. More >

Businesses approved to export animal products to the EU
The Government has published lists of the business in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) or one of the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man) that are approved to export animal products to the European Union (EU). More >

UK-EU trade agreement
The UK Government has finalised a number of agreements with the European Union, including a trade agreement. More >

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 >