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Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal agreement made painless progress through the House of Commons last week and it is expected to be passed by the House of Lords with similar ease this week.
This means that the UK will leave the EU at 11pm on 31st January and enter an 11-month transition period, during which all of the EU’s rules and regulations will still be adhered to. This is clearly an extremely important period for both sides that will set the broad political and economic context for the relationship for years to come. From a practical fleet perspective, it means that drivers will continue to be able to drive in the EU with no change until 1st January 2021.
From that point, the rules that apply to drivers taking a vehicle into the EU, and the documentation that might be required, will depend on the details of the agreement between the UK and EU that will be negotiated during the transition period. This could mean very little change, or, in the case of no deal being in place, a significant amount of additional paperwork and administration. See our previous Brexit blog for details of what this scenario could look like.
At this stage it is very difficult to predict what will happen during the negotiation period, but there is a rough timetable that will be followed:
13th January – The withdrawal bill will be debated in the House of Lords this week and is expected to be passed.
27th January – Any final amendments to the bill will be debated in the House of Commons before Royal Assent is sought to make it law.
31st January – The UK is set to leave the EU at 23:00.
June 2020 – A summit between the UK and EU is planned to assess the progress of the negotiations. June 2020 is also the deadline for the UK to request an extension of the transition period.
26th November – The EU has set this deadline for a deal to have been successfully negotiated to give time for it to be reviewed and ratified by the European Parliament before the end of the year.
31st December 31 – The end of this year marks the point that the current transition period ends and either the new UK – EU deal begins, or World Trade Organisation rules apply.
31st December 2022 – The latest date that the transition period can be extended to; if requested by June 2020.
As negotiations progress, we’ll provide updates on the likely impact for fleets and drivers. If you’d like to discuss any fleet issues with our team of experts contact us and we’ll be happy to help.