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The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the end of the agreed transition period on 31 December 2020 will certainly bring far‑reaching changes, © Yui Mok/PA Wire

24.12.2020 - Article

Overview of information for members of the public and companies

With the agreement on a comprehensive trade and security partnership which was reached on 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom are opening a new chapter in their relations. Nevertheless, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU as of 1 January 2021 will bring far‑reaching changes. The European Commission, the German Government and other organisations have updated their websites with information on what will change – and how the public and companies can prepare. Here is an overview of the most important websites:

  1. The website of the European Commission contains information on the necessary preparatory measures regarding relevant issues. This includes information on travel between the EU and the UK after the end of the transition period, as well as a checklist for companies.
  2. The German Embassy in London has compiled FAQs for German nationals on Brexit on its website, in particular on entry into and residence in the UK, as well as nationality issues in the context of Brexit.
  3. On the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance, you will find all the important financial policy information on Brexit as regards (in German):

    - the financial market
    - customs
    - taxes
  4. The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community has published questions and answers on the status rights of UK nationals after Brexit.
  5. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provides comprehensive information for companies on its website. It has also set up a Brexit hotline that members of the public and companies can contact should they have any questions or concerns. Further information for companies can be found here:

    - Germany Trade and Invest
    - German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    - Federation of German Industries (BDI)
    - Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
    - Brexit compendium of the German trade associations
    - UK Government information on Brexit
  6. On the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs you will find questions and answers on Brexit relating to:

    - employment
    - social security benefits
    - the return of employees from the UK or from Germany
    - German companies in the UK
  7. On the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, you will find information on Brexit concerning:

    - parental allowance
    - child allowance
    - advance maintenance payments
    - maternity benefits
    - parental leave
  8. On the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, you will find information as well as questions and answers on Brexit and the impact on education and Research:

    - international exchange in the higher education sector
    - recognition of professional qualifications
    - grants from the German Government (BAföG)
    - support for gifted students
    - Erasmus+
    - Horizon 2020
  9. On its website, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection answers questions (in German) on Brexit relating to:

    - patent and market law
    - company law
    - legislation regulating the activity of British lawyers in Germany
    - civil law
    - consumer protection
    - insolvency law
  10. The impact of Brexit on healthcare is outlined on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health:
    - health and long‑term care insurance
    - recognition of professional qualifications in the healthcare sector
    - drugs and medical products
  11. On its website, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure provides information on changes in air, sea and road transport

  12. On the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, you will find information on the impact of Brexit on development cooperation with the EU.
  13. On the website of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, you will find Information (in German) as well as FAQs on Brexit and:

    - travelling with pets
    - veterinary matters
    - regulations on plant health
  14. The website of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media provides information (in German) on the impact of Brexit on this sphere.
  15. On the website of the German Government you will find an overview of further information on Brexit.
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