EU end of transition briefing

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EU end of transition briefing for all EEAST staff

As you are all probably aware, the 31st December sees the end of the transition period for the UK leaving the EU. The UK officially left the European Union at 23.00 GMT on 31st January 2020. We then started an 11-month period, known as the transition, that has kept the UK bound to the EU’s rules.

At the end of transition there will be two possible outcomes, the UK either has reached a UK-EU trade deal which will come into force on the 1st January 2021 or, no deal is reached and the UK will then have to trade on world trade organisation (WTO) terms. This means that most UK goods would be subject to tariffs (taxes). If other aspects of the future relationship aren’t agreed, they too would have to proceed on no-deal terms.

For us here at EEAST, there are a number of things which a no-deal may have a small impact on.

  • Potential for a limited disruption to medicines and medical supplies, fleet spare parts and clinical consumables
  • Potential for some road network disruption related to the short strait borders
  • Potential for some increase in demonstrations against or for the EU Exit.

In order to ensure as little disruption to our normal delivery of services, the Organisational Resilience Group have been planning and preparing. We have a full Business Continuity Plan in pace which will be managed, should it be required, through a combination of the Organisational Resilience Group and the on the day command teams.

In terms of how the end of transition may impact on you as individuals, we have provided a few links to information which may be of interest. 


Staying in the UK if you are an EU Citizen
If you are an EU citizen currently working for us here at EEAST you will need to ensure that you and your family have applied to continue living in the UK after the 30th June 2021. This only applies to people who are from the EU (except Ireland), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

For detailed information on everything required please follow this link - Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the settlement scheme or your own personal circumstances at the end of transition, please contact the HR department who will be able to assist.

EEA-qualified and Swiss healthcare professionals
Professionals already working in the UK do not have to do anything if your qualification has already been officially recognised by the relevant regulator in the UK. The regulator’s decision to recognise your qualification will remain.

If you have been using the temporary or occasional declaration to work in the UK, you will need to get your qualification recognised by the relevant regulator. Applications made before the 1st January 2021 will be completed under the existing rules where possible. Get your EEA qualification recognised in the UK from 1 January 2021.

Travelling to the EU
Sadly, this year we have not had many opportunities to travel abroad, even to our neighbouring countries in the EU. However, hopefully with the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines we will all be in the position to consider our next holidays soon. In terms of travelling to the EU after the 1st January 2021, here are some useful links to things you need to know.

  • Take out appropriate travel insurance with health cover
    You may not have access to free emergency medical treatment and could be charged for your healthcare if you do not get health cover with your travel insuranceForeign travel insurance - GOV.UK 
  • Check what you need to do to make sure you can travel through the border of the country you are visiting
    You may not be allowed to enter the EU if you cannot show you meet immigration rules. Visit Europe from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK
  • Check whether your mobile phone company has changed its mobile roaming charges before travelling
    You may be charged for using your mobile device in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if you operator has reintroduced roaming charges. Visit Europe from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK 
  • Check for disruption to your journey before you travel between the UK and the EU – border checks may take longer.
    If you do not allow enough time, you could miss your flight, train or ferry. Visit Europe from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK 
  • Check if you need an International Driving Permit before you drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and Put a GB sticker on the back of your vehicle.
    You could get a fine or your vehicle could be seized if you drive without correct documents. You could get a fine if you do not have a GB sticker on the back of your vehicle if it’s registered in the UK, even if your number plate already shows GB with a Euro symbol. Driving in the EU from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK 

Published 10th December 2020