Brexit transition period

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The Brexit transition was a period under the UK-EU withdrawal agreement in which the UK was no longer a member of the EU, but continued to be subject to EU rules and remain a member of the single market and customs union.

It ran from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020.

The transition period was designed to allow the UK to continue its previous relationship with the EU while future security cooperation and trading relationships were negotiated.

The UK government did not use the term transition: instead it refered to this period as an “implementation period”.

On 24 December 2020 the UK and European Commission agreed the terms of a post-Brexit free trade agreement agreement that applied from 1 January 2021.

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement entered into force on 1 May 2021.

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