The end of the Brexit transition period

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at whether the UK was prepared for the end of the transition period.

The government should be open about the widespread disruption caused by the UK’s exit from the Brexit transition period and do more to help businesses prepare for changes still to come. The report examines how businesses have coped, the adequacy of the government’s preparations, and the changes still to come under the terms of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). It warns that the full impact of Brexit has not yet been felt because: The Covid pandemic has disguised and delayed some of the consequences of the government’s Brexit deal Firms are still adjusting how they trade with the EU The government has decided to delay some Brexit changes, including the introduction of full border checks. And there are still further changes to come. The government has decided to phase in changes to regulatory regimes in areas like chemicals and product standards, and recently delayed the introduction of full import checks at the border yet again, with many controls now not due to come un until the end of this year. Ministers must do more to explain what this complex patchwork of deadlines means for business – and consider what additional support might be needed to ensure firms are ready.

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