Preparing for the end of the EU Transition Period

The UK has left the EU. These pages detail the LGA's priorities.


The UK and the EU have agreed a trade deal. The full text of the agreement has been published along with a summary of its content from the Government. The deal is now in place. The LGA will brief in more detail after we have analysed the full and final legal text.

The headline issues of the deal include:

  • No tariffs or quotas on EU/UK trade in goods.
  • A new agreement on fisheries, with the UK’s departure from the Common Fisheries Policy.
  • State-aid and procurement to become UK domestic policies.
  • An agreement to join some future EU funding programmes (for e.g. the Horizon research programme) and to leave others (e.g. the Erasmus education scheme).

The biggest issue that we have been raising with government is that councils face many challenges in the coming days and weeks. The start of the new trade arrangements will take place amongst multiple pressures on councils over the winter months. Our support for local communities against COVID and our statutory services (such as children’s services) are the priority, and we have stated that the capacity to undertake additional new work during this unprecedented period is severely limited.

These pages provides a summary of the current key issues for councils that the LGA is raising through its lobbying: both those issues directly related to the end of EU transition period and trade deal, and those issues that became domestic policy when the UK left the EU in January 2020.

LGA contact: [email protected]

Check list for business and individuals

The government have produced a short check list for business and individuals, by answering the questions you’ll get a personalised set of actions.

Check if you’re ready (gov.uk)

UK Transition campaign: local communications toolkit

This Government toolkit outlines specific steps that businesses and citizens need to take and includes useful tools such as local contacts, FAQs and links to guidance and support.

Time is running out (gov.uk)

Email sign up

To sign up to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government bulletin that includes updates on the transition period, please email: [email protected]

Preparing local government - Government updates
Please note page will be updated regularly to reflect developments as the trade conclude. The page does not provide formal advice on EU transition to councils. It provides a checklist of the issues that LGA has been asked to raise with Government by its membership.
Formal Government guidance can be found here: Preparing local government for 1 January 2021 (gov.uk)