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Brexit: Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021

6 February 2020


Guidance for UK businesses on rules for trading in services from 1 January 2021

The UK will no longer operate under the European Economic Area (EEA) regulations for the cross-border trade in services from 1 January 2021. This means that the rights and protections provided by the EU Directives and EU Treaty rights of freedom of movement and freedom of establishment will no longer apply to the UK.

UK businesses will no longer be treated as if they were local businesses. Services provided by UK businesses and professionals will be regarded as originating from a ‘third country’.

UK firms and service providers may face additional legal, regulatory and administrative barriers as a result.

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Country guides

Read the relevant country guide to find out about the potential legal, regulatory and administrative changes for UK businesses trading in services, from 1 January 2021.

Austria: providing services

Belgium: providing services

Bulgaria: providing services

Croatia: providing services

Cyprus: providing services

Czech Republic: providing services

Denmark: providing services

Estonia: providing services

Finland: providing services

France: providing services

Germany: providing services

Greece: providing services

Hungary: providing services

Iceland: providing services

Ireland: providing services

Italy: providing services

Latvia: providing services

Liechtenstein: providing services

Lithuania: providing services

Luxembourg: providing services

Malta: providing services

The Netherlands: providing services

Norway: providing services

Poland: providing services

Portugal: providing services

Romania: providing services

Slovakia: providing services

Slovenia: providing services

Spain: providing services

Sweden: providing services

Switzerland: providing services