COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Getting ready for changes Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom
1. On 9 July 2020 the European Commission published a Communication summarising the preparations which EU national authorities, businesses and citizens should make for the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021.
2. The Communication is addressed to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
3. The Communication sets out that the UK left the EU on 1 February 2020 on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement and is continuing to participate in the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union for the duration of the transition period. The EU and the UK are using the period of continuity afforded by the transition period to implement the Withdrawal Agreement, negotiate a new partnership and get ready for the end of the transition period.
4. The Communication states that even if a further agreement is reached the UK government’s decision to leave the Single Market and Customs Union means that there will be inevitable changes to trade in goods and services and travel between the EU and UK from 1 January 2021. The Communication is intended to identify the main areas where changes will occur in all scenarios, to facilitate businesses’ and citizens’ preparations for these changes.