Brexit Update 30 Dec

As Brexit arrangements are fast-moving, we want to keep you updated on significant developments. Today's updates affect education, employment, intellectual property and data.

From 1 January 2021, there will be new rules affecting citizens and businesses within the UK. 

We have recently created a Brexit Bundle which will help you prepare your business and build resilience with:

1. a tool to build a personalised list of actions
2. a shipping tool sheet helping with couriers, customs agents, tax and duty
3. guides covering finance, regulations, workforce, trade, data and more

As this is a developing topic with frequent changes, we are constantly updating our guides to bring you the most up to date information for you and your business. In our bulletins over this holiday period, we'll be keeping you updated with any significant changes. For updates as and when they happen, you can check on and sign up for alerts if you like. 


The UK will not be joining Erasmus, instead the Government will proceed with a UK-wide replacement for Erasmus+. The scheme will be global in outlook, not limited to the EU, and focus on UK priorities like supporting social mobility.  


The agreement will allow for the cross-border flow of data, prohibiting requirements to store or process data in a specific location. This will prevent the imposition of costly requirements for British businesses. The agreement confirms strong data protection commitments by both the UK and the EU, protecting consumers, helping to promote trust in the digital economy, and continuing to uphold the UK’s data protection standards. 


Anyone who is approved to conduct statutory audit work in an EEA state on the basis of a UK qualification, will still be able to do so after 1 January 2021, as long as they reside in the EEA state or are considered ‘a frontier worker’. 

Design protection

The reciprocal disclosure of unregistered designs has not been agreed between the UK and the EU. In response, the Government has legislated for supplementary unregistered design (SUD) coverage in the UK. The SUD will provide similar protections to those offered by the unregistered Community design, but for the UK only.  

Personal data provisions in the withdrawal agreement 

As part of the withdrawal agreement, certain provisions still apply EU protection law to some ‘legacy’ personal data.  

After the transition period, EU data protection law will be adapted to UK domestic law, which will mean some small technical changes. UK organisations might not need to take any action or do anything differently to begin with, but it may be worth taking stock of any personal data they hold, to identify and track relevant legacy personal data.  

Read more about how this could affect your business and check for updates on the ICO’s website. 

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Neina Sheldon
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