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ECA's Brexit Guidance

On 1 January 2021 the UK completes its transition from membership of the European Union.

Regular updates are being posted to help Members manage the changing situation



Brexit guidance

Key Topics

The following includes updates and information from the ECA team, along with selected sources of information from government and other industry sources.

Commercial & Contractual

28 Nov 2020 Public Sector Procurement
This document outlines the portals available to win public sector contracts
17 Sep 2020 CLC Data Protection Guidance
This guidance offers an overview of the current situation, the possible scenarios dependent
on the securing of a trade deal with the EU, suggested mitigating actions, and other important
information, plus useful links and resources. It is appropriate for all businesses across the
industry and along the supply chain.

Access the guidance here.


Employment & Skills

Employment and Skills - key links & information:

30 Dec 20 Temporary entry for work
Under the newly agreed UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA, aka ‘the deal’):
Visa-free, short term business trips will be allowed for up to 90 days (in any 180-day period) between the UK and the EU for specific purposes such as attending meetings, research and design, market research, training seminars and trade fairs, buying goods or services, taking orders, or engaging in some commercial transactions.

Work trips will also be permitted for senior businesspeople setting up an enterprise,
intra-company transfers, to fulfil a contract to provide services lasting no longer than 12 months.
However, there are restrictions on these provisions, and anything that involves selling goods or services directly to the public requires a work visa. 

Note: even for those activities seemingly permitted by the new EU/UK agreement, different restrictions/requirements may apply from Member State to Member State. E.g. different Member States have their own immigration regimes, which might allow additional activities or apply further conditions. There also might be additional necessary criteria, such as a recognised qualification.
For full definitive detail in this area, please refer to the relevant government guidance signposted on this webpage.
26 Oct 20 CBI post-transition guidance (people)
Basic overview of key implications, including for existing employees and future recruitment
26 Oct 20 CLC movement of people guidance
More detailed guide about the new points-based immigration system for recruiting skilled workers from outside the UK. ECA contributed to the contents of this guide, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s Movement of People working group.

Government and other authoritative information and advice

Import, export and product availability

Import and export of goods

From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Government guidance on what you need to do to continue exporting or importing is at: Further Advice:
18 Dec 20 Shortages of cable management (steel products)
BEAMA has issued a statement regarding the shortage of finished
(steel) cable management products, which it expects to continue into
2021. The shortage is reported to be due to global demand outstripping
supply, rather than solely a consequence of Brexit transition.  

05 Dec 20 Construction supplies availability
Build UK and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
have published a report on the supply of construction materials from
1 January 2021. The report can help businesses understand where goods
are manufactured and how they will be affected by changes in regulation,
currency fluctuations, transport arrangements and import duties at the
end of the transition period. The report is available here.
  Import and export information from the Electrical Distributors’ Association
is available here


Technical Standards/Conformity marking (including product safety)

Technical Standards (including product safety):
10 Dec 20 Product markings from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021
Requirements on product markings in the UK will change from 1 January 2021
with a new UK Conformity Assessed Mark (UKCA). From 1 January 2022, new
provisions are expected to apply and there will be information on these changes
later in 2021.

08 Dec 20 All harmonised standards that give a presumption of conformity to EU law at the
end of the transition period will become ‘designated standards’ by the references
being published on GOV.UK. Businesses will be able to use designated standards
to provide presumption of conformity with GB law.
More details - here
28 Oct 20 CLC Conformity Marking of Construction Guide
CLC guidance on the conformity marking of construction products
after the expiration of the transition period with the EU (after 31 December 2020). 

From 1 January 2021 there will be three different product marks that
manufacturers, and others in the supply chain, may need to apply. 

Access the guide here
09 Nov 20 BASEC has issued information to help electrical and other engineering
services business to prepare for the imminent changes and ensure
cables remain compliant in the United Kingdom. Details are at:
  CE Marking - 2021 and beyond...
01 Nov 20 Confirmation from BEAMA/EDA that when wholesalers are checking
regulatory compliance, the CE mark will be used for the whole of 2021.
UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) marking will not become a
requirement for most products until 2022. A BEAMA confirmation letter
is at:


Webinars & Videos

Ellis Whittam presents Bracing for Brexit

Date: 17 December 2020, 2pm

Legal firm and ECA employee relations partner Ellis Whittam will present a webinar on key employment and business matters surrounding Brexit.

Find out more and register>


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: the information on the left may not be entirely applicable with regard to Northern Ireland. Please click here for further information.

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