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Also this week, we have some new links (and some recycled ones) from the Government around the Border Operating Model – how the border will work and the requirements for companies in terms of documentation that will be required.

Earlier this week, the CBI hosted webinar discussion on the current state of preparations for the end of the UK’s transition period following our departure from the European Union earlier this year.  You can view this webinar (43 minutes) at https://www.cbi.org.uk/articles/cbi-10am-preparing-for-the-end-of-the-euuk-transition/ but the following is a quick read summary of the main points.

This week, the EAMA webinar was on the topic of the new Border Operating Model - in essence, how the UK is going to operate its border with the European Union although, ironically, it excludes the only land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Again we will bring you the details from this next week once we have had a chance to process all the information but there are a couple of areas where we do have some information.

The UK government has published an updated Border Operating Model (BOM), which sets out the new arrangements for customs and border controls from January 2021.  The Brexit Transition Period ends at the end of this year and some new requirements will come into effect immediately, others in stages.

The updated BOM maps out intended locations of inland border infrastructure, including new lorry holding areas for carrying out checks on freight.

The UK has left the EU and the transition period will end on 31 December 2020.  If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from the EU or EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow legally as we transition to our new relationship with the EU in January 2021.

Also on Brexit, a reminder about the two webinars that are coming up, with the first of these next Thursday (8th October) covering the use of the CE and UKCA marks.  This, and the complimentary event on the 15th that will look at the UK Border Operating Model, are organised by the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA)

UKCA and CE marks

The UK Home Office has launched its guidance for employers on the new Points-based Immigration System that will take effect from 1st January 2021.  From this date, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system.  The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work.  Anyone coming to the UK to work, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission in advance.

We have received points of clarification around the overlap period for the CE and UKCA mark that apply particularly to importers of goods.  In general terms, the CE mark and the requirements of the distributor/importer are separate issues and the waiver applied to whether the UKCA just needs to be physically on the product/packaging or with accompanying documentation applies for 2021 and, in a different way, through 2022.

To help members dealing with changes at end of the Brexit Transition Period, the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) and the Business Department (BEIS) will jointly be presenting two webinars related to the changing relationship with the European Union.

UKCA and CE marks

In all the media noise this week about the potential (or was it a forecast?) for long queues for lorries in Kent, the overriding message from the UK Government is that the transition period WILL END on 31st December.

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