Following the UK’s formal departure from the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK entered into a period of transition, defined by the Withdrawal Agreement 2019, during which the EU and UK negotiated the terms of their Future Relationship. Agreement was reached just days ahead of the formal end to the transition period, 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. The resulting Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) is provisionally in force, pending completion of the ratification formalities on the EU side. 

Now, in early 2021, our immediate priority is to examine the impact of the TCA for our members and their clients, and to assist them in their understanding and adapting to the new arrangements. This is an ongoing process. We will update our online advice on key issues as matters become clearer. We will also continue to organise events on key questions. Much of the advice below, including the FAQ papers published in the last few months, was drafted to cover all eventualities and thus remains current. Please refer to the papers below and continue to check for updates.   

Looking ahead

We will continue our parallel efforts to secure the Bar’s longstanding Brexit priorities: preserving access to justice through judicial cooperation and maximising opportunities for market access for legal services in support of same.  We will again provide updates on this page as matters progress.

Bar Council Brexit resources