The Brexit Update You Need For Your Global Mobility Program 02.19.2020 | Clare Smith

The United Kingdom is now in an 11-month transition period, where the country will continue to follow the EU rules and pay money to the EU

During this transition period most things will stay the same, but there are six key changes that have already taken place:

  1. UK Members in the European Parliament (MEPs) have lost their seat in the European Parliament. The UK has left all of the EU’s political institutions and agencies
  2. The UK will no longer participate in EU summits
  3. Trade discussions with the EU for buying and selling goods and services has begun. While agreement on a UK-EU trade deal is a top priority, the country can also now start formal independent trade negotiations with non-EU countries
  4. The UK passports are changing color – from burgundy to blue. All new passports will be issued in blue by the middle of the year.  However, all existing burgundy passports will continue to be valid
  5. Three million Brexit coins have been issued with the inscription, “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”
  6. The government’s Department for Exiting the European Union has been shut down. The UK’s negotiation team will now be based in No. 10 Downing Street

Impact on Mobility

If you are managing a global mobility program with assignees moving into or out of the UK, there are many things that will remain the same during the transition period, including:

  • Travel
  • Drivers licenses and pet passports
  • European Health Insurance card
  • Living and working in the EU
  • Pensions
  • Budget contributions
  • Trade
Our teams in the UK are following Brexit updates to ensure the safety and compliance of our clients and assignees. We will provide periodic updates on this important topic to keep everyone informed, so that we can propel mobility together!

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Written by Clare Smith

Clare Smith, GMS, is a Client Service Manager who manages the service delivery from our EMEA office. Clare brings a wealth of knowledge in the relocation industry and also experience living and working overseas in Gabson, Sierra Leone, The Netherlands, and Egypt. She has earned her Global Mobility Specialist recognition from Worldwide ERC.

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