The European Commission adopted a Communication to help national authorities, businesses and citizens prepare for the changes that will arise at the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021. The Communication was published on 9 July 2021. According to the EC, the changes in the relations between the EU and the UK that are referred to in the Communication will arise irrespective of whether an agreement on a future partnership has been concluded or not. The measures outlined complement measures taken at national level.
The Communication sets out a sector-by-sector overview of the main areas where there will be changes regardless of the outcome of the ongoing EU-UK negotiations, and sets out measures that national authorities, businesses and citizens should take in order to be ready for these changes. Amongst others, the document includes chapters on mobility, and on data, digital and intellectual property rights. The EC stresses that the Communication does in no way seek to prejudge the outcome of negotiations, does not examine the possible implications of a failure to reach an agreement, nor does it consider the need for contingency measures.
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