What are the new rules as the UK’s deal with the EU comes into effect?

 What are the new European travel rules?

.UK nationals must have at least 6 months left on their passports, except for trips to Ireland.

• At border control, they need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

• Free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway will also end.
What are the new rules for EU citizens who continue to live in the UK?

• Permanent residence documents for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will no longer be valid. They’ll be able to stay in the UK until June 30, 2021 without doing anything.

• To continue living in the UK, they’ll need to either apply to the EU Settlement Scheme or for British citizenship.

How does the new immigration system work?

• The government has introduced a points-based immigration system that aims to treat EU and non-EU citizens equally.

• For students willing to study here, it will cost £348 to apply for a visa from outside the UK, or £475 to extend or switch one from inside the UK.

• For skilled workers, a visa will cost between £610 & £1,408 per person.

What are the advantages of duty-free shopping?

• British passengers travelling to EU countries will be able to enjoy duty free shopping including products like alcohol & tobacco.

• The amount that passengers can bring back from non-EU countries will also be significantly increased, and extended to EU countries.

What happens to existing trade agreements from January 2021?

• EU trade agreements will no longer apply to the UK, regardless of any agreement with the EU.

• The UK government has said that it is seeking to reproduce the effects of existing EU agreements in order to ensure continuity of trading arrangements for UK businesses.

What happens to businesses in Northern Ireland?

• Northern Ireland continues to have a relationship with the EU to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

• Therefore, the government has launched the free-to-use Trader Support Service which will help businesses prepare for changes that will affect them if they move goods into & out of Northern Ireland.

Which trade negotiations is the UK prioritising?

• The UK’s priority is to launch negotiations with the US, Australia and New Zealand.

• It has already signed a free trade agreement with Japan and said it is also considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

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