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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.

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.

Japan trade deal to be the UK’s first:  Negotiators have largely agreed the terms of a free trade agreement with Japan, which is expected to be the first deal done by the UK since Brexit.  The deal is expected to be signed within weeks (once it has been approved by the Japanese Parliament, at which point it is expected to be published (with a full impact assessment), and ratified.

The UK government has published updated guidance regarding the UK domestic regime for manufactured goods which comes into force on 1 January 2021 and it appears to be good news (or at least as good as we can expect in the context of Brexit).

Our colleagues at BEAMA have produced a question & answer guide to the new UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) regulations that will be introduced when the UK’s transition period ends (currently 31st December 2020).  There is also a separate paper on the regulations that will apply in Northern Ireland;  as part of the Northern Ireland Protocol, all products traded in that part of the UK must comply with EU technical regulations, even after the end of the transition period.