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Brexit (EU Exit)

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This process is often known as 'Brexit'. We're now in a transition period (also known as the implementation period) that's likely to last until the end of December 2020. This means the UK is currently still following EU rules. In January 2021 the transition period will end and our new relationship with the EU will begin.

There are two main options for what will happen after the transition period ends:

  • Brexit with a trade deal
  • Brexit without a trade deal (a 'no deal' situation)


Up-to-date information on how EU Exit may affect people and businesses in Scotland is available on a national public information site 

A wealth of UK Government practical advice can be found at