Rules for providing services are changing
Thank you for everything you are doing to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December.
If you would like further information on getting fully prepared, you can find out what actions you may need to take by using the checker tool at gov.uk/transition and signing up for business readiness updates.
I know that these are challenging times for businesses but with the end of the transition period now just over a month away, it is extremely important that your business is ready for the new rules come 1 January.
In this week’s letter I want to focus on rules relating to providing services.
Regardless of our future trading relationship with the EU, from 1 January, new rules will apply for providing services.
Help is available to ensure your business is ready. I urge you to:
- Check whether your professional qualifications need to be recognised by EU regulators so you can practise in the EU. Start the process of getting these recognised by EU regulators before 31 December 2020.
- Be prepared on data protection and data transfers between the UK and the EU to keep personal data flowing lawfully from EU/EEA countries at the end of the transition period. Go to the Information Commissioner’s Office website for detailed information.
- Check if a visa or work permit is required to travel to the EU or an EFTA country for business purposes and apply if necessary.
Making changes now will ensure a smooth end to the transition period and see businesses ready to take advantage of the new opportunities that being an independent trading nation will bring.
Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy