Brexit Bulletin, 12 June 2020

Jun 12, 2020

 

In the latest Brexit developments, the UK has confirmed that it will not extend the Brexit transition period past 31 December, at the second EU-UK Joint Committee meeting. Also, for businesses conducting trade between NI and GB, take a look at the new HMRC questionnaire evaluating the post-Brexit impact on your business.

 

UK confirms it will not extend Brexit transition period past 31 December

The second meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee under the Withdrawal Agreement is taking place today, on Friday 12 June 2020. The provisional agenda for the meeting can be found here. Amongst the areas of discussion are citizen’s rights, Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, and amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement. Michael Gove will co-chair the meeting as the UK representative, alongside European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic.

As per the latest update from the meeting, the UK government has formally ruled out any extension of the Brexit transition period beyond 31 December 2020, despite trade talks with the EU remaining stalled. 

UK minister Michael Gove has confirmed this by stating, "I formally confirm that the UK will not extend the transition period & the moment for extension has now passed. On 1 January 2021 we will take back control and regain our political & economic independence". 

In response to this, Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier has said, "The EU has always been open to an extension of the transition period. At today’s Joint Committee, we took note of UK’s decision not to extend. We must now make progress on substance. To give every chance to the negotiations, we agreed to intensify talks in the next weeks and months.".


 

Do you move goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain?

In order to better understand the impact of Brexit changes to trade, HMRC has made available a questionnaire for businesses moving goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

At the end of the transition period when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force there will be changes to the way goods move between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. All businesses conducting trade between the two regions, may be impacted by these changes if they can answer yes to any of the questions below:

  • Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland?
  • Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland on behalf of someone?
  • Are you based in Northern Ireland and currently receive goods from Great Britain?
  • Do you send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland using Royal Mail or an express operator?

To keep up to date with changes, impacted businesses can fill in the Northern Ireland Protocol questionnaire, save it, and email to: hmrctraders@hmrc.gov.uk.


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