End of the EU transition period: help and information for people in Wales

Published 16/12/2020   |   Last Updated 07/04/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

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As of 1 January, the UK and EU began trading on the basis of a Trade Cooperation Agreement that was agreed by both sides on 24 December. The agreement is in force provisionally pending a vote to approve it by the European Parliament.

This move to trading and engaging with the EU on the basis of the new agreement will mean changes in a number of areas for businesses and citizens.

It is important to follow guidance from official and reputable sources about what these changes mean and the different actions you may need to take. This blog post provides links to reliable and official information from the UK, Wales and the EU to help people in Wales get the information they may need.

We will update this post with any additional useful links as they become available.

UK Government

Welsh Government

  • The Preparing Wales webpage acts as the Welsh Government’s single source of information about the actions for businesses, citizens and other organisations in Wales. The website will be updated regularly and sign-posts readers to other Welsh Government and UK Government guidance, where they apply in Wales.
  • The Business Wales EU Transition Portal aims to offer a range of support mechanisms to businesses and includes the ‘Business Online Support Service’, a telephone advice line for businesses, finance locators, and a number of sector specific online resources.
  • The End of Transition Action Plan describes actions taken by the Welsh Government to prepare for the end of the transition period, both independently and jointly with the UK Government.

European Union


The organisations below provide reliable sources of additional analysis on UK-EU relations:

Article by Nia Moss, Sara Moran and Rhun Davies, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament