The New Legal Regime from 1 January 2021

Since 1 January 2021, a new relationship, based on a legally binding regime, governs how the EU and the UK trade together.

Trade between the EU and the UK is now governed by two international treaties, a suite of EU laws; and national laws:

  • the Withdrawal Agreement (signed on 24 January 2020) 
  • the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (signed on 30 December 2020)
  • a suite of EU regulations, directives and decisions
  • national laws enacted by EU Member State and the UK parliaments

A&L Goodbody's team of specialist lawyers can guide you through the changes and implications.