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The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020 at midnight (Brussels time). The EU and the United Kingdom have negotiated an Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community.

The withdrawal agreement sets that when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union a transition period will set in, which will last until 31 December 2020. During the transition period, the United Kingdom will no longer be represented in the EU institutions, agencies, bodies and offices, but EU law will still apply in the United Kingdom.

With regards to import and export licensing, there will be no changes to the current set-up until the end of the transition period. That is, the provisions that currently apply to EU Member States will keep applying to the United Kingdom.​

European Commission’s notice to stakeholders on the withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of prohibitions and restrictions of imports and exports.

Last updated 3 July 2020