Are you Brexit ready?

The UK & the EU

UK - EU Update

The UK has left the EU.

On Thursday 24 December The Prime Minister announced that the UK reached an EU Exit trade and security agreement with the EU.

You can find links to the PM's statement here and further detail on the agreement is here.

The House of Commons Library has also produced The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: summary and implementation document.

It is important that all organisations continue to prepare for the changes at the end of the year. Guidance on advice can be found at, including a tool that provides a personalised list of actions to get ready. 

Goverment will continue to update these pages as further guidance is produced.

Your business will be affected. Make sure you're ready. Answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions.  

Start the Government's questionnaire nowTouring Europe - checklists for arts, culture & creative sector: Government checklists & guidanceDCMS Brexit Weekly Newsletter More information for Members here 

The Arts, Heritage and Cultural sectors - helping you to prepare  

  1. Your employees


  1. Your data
  1. Visiting Europe
  1. Your business and services
  1. Movement of goods

See below for offer of help from Soundmoves. 

  1. EU Funding
  1. Recruiting from outside the UK
  1. Global Talent Visa

  1. Government's Transition Page

Other pages you might find useful 

Arts InfoPoint


On The Move

Below is a summary of some of the work we have done on Brexit. 

The Referendum

Since the referendum we have been working on ensuring that theatre and the performing arts’ voice is heard as we prepared to leave the EU. We have done this through policy discussions with government and other stakeholders; through responding to requests for information from DCMS; asking members for information; or attending roundtables and meetings. 


We have responded to a number of consultations on Brexit, including working with the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

Impact Tracker

In late 2017 we also proactively began our own Impact of Exiting the EU surveys series of research. The results of those surveys are here: UK Theatre & SOLT's Exiting the EU survey results (1, 2 & 3 combined) Survey 4 results.  

Government's Brexit Readiness Grant

In 2019 SOLT and UK Theatre were successful in an application for the Government's Brexit - Business Readiness Grant. We used this grant to help the sector prepare for a possible No-Deal Brexit scenario. This included sessions around the UK. All sessions took place in Autumn 2019 and were free to attend.     

They covered topics such as:

  • Movement of people (short term and longer term, including immigration)
  • Movement of freight (sets, equipment etc)    
  • IP (copyright and trade marks)
  • Data

Advocacy Briefings

Up until the beginning of COVID members received monthly Advocacy Briefings. These included Brexit updates.

Correct on 26 April 2021
The terms of the UK-EU future relationship are governed by two legally binding international treaties: the Withdrawal Agreement (WA), to which is attached the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). Whereas the WA established the conditions by which the UK withdrew from the EU, the TCA introduces a new bilateral relationship based on free trade and cooperation.

Review dates

March 2021

  • MoU, financial services regulatory cooperation

April 2021

  • expiration of interim personal data flow measures (can be extended to June 2021)
  • introduction of additional agri-food regulatory requirements [extended]

June 2021

  • expiration of GB-NI prohibited meat product exemption period
  • expiration (unless superseded) of equivalence for UK security depositories
  • deadline for EU Settlement Scheme

July 2021

  • introduction of qualifying status scheme for NI businesses trading with EU

October 2021

  • expiration of GB-NI health certificate exemption period

December 2021

  • deadline for new agreement on ownership requirements of air carriers
  • expiration of GB-NI medicines grace period
  • expiration of GB recognition of EU CE trademark
  • expiration of rules of origin certification grace period

1 January 2022

  • expiration of full import controls

1 March 2022

  • commencement of Border Control Post checks on live animal and low risk plant products

31 March 2022

  • deadline for new agreement on energy interconnectors

30 June 2022

  • expiration (unless superseded) of equivalence decision for UK central counterparties

30 June 2023

  • expiration of MHRA recognition of EU CE trademarked medical devices
  • review of GB-NI movement of goods

31 December 2023

  • review of cross-border data flows
  • review of trade in wine
  • review of UK application of EU law in NI, EU-UK Joint Committee


  • review of trade aspects of TCA including product-specific rules

31 December 2024

  • deadline for first NI legislative consent motion


  • first five-year comprehensive review of TCA

31 December 2026

  • adjustment period on fishing ends and annual negotiations begin

Correct on 26 April 2021

“Roll-over” agreements

The UK has sought to reproduce the effects of pre-existing EU agreements which have since expired following the end of the Implementation Period. The provisions contained within the Trade (Disclosure of Information) Act 2020 and the Trade Bill give the Government the legislative power to roll over trade agreements that it had as an EU Member State up until 31 January 2020 and to negotiate new bilateral deals with countries and trading blocs.

The UK has signed 31 free trade agreements which took effect from 31 January 2020, while it is in negotiations with a further 6. Mutual recognition agreements have been signed with Australia, New Zealand and the US. Trade with countries that the UK does not have a free trade agreement with are governed by the UK global tariff in accordance with WTO terms.



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For those of you that attended our 'getting ready for a No-Deal Brexit' roadshow dates last autumn, where we worked with a number of specialists on a range of issues, you will remember Sound Moves helped us deliver the sessions on movement of people. 

Sound Moves have been back in touch and have offered the below for members:

'Sound Moves would like to offer it’s full support and unrivalled knowledge of live production touring to anyone faced with a Brexit challenge in the coming months.

We have worked through many theoretical challenges and in all honesty as acknowledged experts are finding it hard to get H.M. Revenue and Customs and indeed foreign Authorities to  fully engaged without specific consignment data and deadlines to discuss and resolve.

With this is mind Sound Moves would love to accept any challenges out there on a Pro Bono basis to help our friends in the live touring industry whilst at the same time gaining for ourselves real hands on meaningful experience.

So if you have a real life challenge and need so real time support and advice in the first instance please contact:'

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