Brexit: What will change after 31st January?


The UK formally leaves the European Union (EU) at 23:00 on Friday, 31 January. But it will immediately enter an 11-month transition period.
During the transition the UK will continue to obey EU rules and pay money to the EU. Most things will stay the same but there will be some changes:
1. UK MEPs lose their seats
2. No more EU summits
3. We will be hearing a lot about trade
4. The UK’s passports will change colour, return to the “iconic” blue-and-gold design. The new colour will be phased in over a number of months, with all new passports issued in blue by the middle of the year. Existing burgundy passports will continue to be valid.
5. Brexit coins: About three million commemorative 50p Brexit coins bearing the date “31 January” and the inscription: “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”, will enter circulation on Friday.
6. The UK’s Brexit department shuts down
7. Germany won’t extradite its citizens to the UK : It won’t be possible for some suspected criminals to be brought back to the UK if they flee to Germany.
Seven things that will stay the same…
Because the transition period begins immediately after Brexit, the vast majority of other things remain the same – at least until 31 December 2020 including:
1. Travel: Flights, boats and trains will operate as usual. When it comes to passport control, during the transition period, UK nationals will still be allowed to queue in the areas reserved for EU arrivals only.
2. Driving licences and pet passports: As long as they are valid, these will continue to be accepted.
3. European Health Insurance Card (EHIC):These are the cards that provide UK nationals with state-provided medical treatment in case of illness or accident.They can be used in any EU country (as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and will continue to be valid during the transition period.
4. Living and working in the EU: Freedom of movement will continue to apply during the transition, so UK nationals will still be able to live and work in the EU as they currently do. The same applies for EU nationals wanting to live and work in the UK.
5. Pensions: UK nationals living in the EU will continue to receive their state pension and will also receive the annual increase.
6. Budget contributions: The UK will continue to pay into the EU budget during the transition. This means existing schemes, paid for by EU grants, will continue to be funded.
7. Trade
UK-EU trade will continue without any extra charges or checks being introduced.


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