The entry into force of the withdrawal agreement at midnight on 31 January 2020 marked the opening of a transition period (until 31 December 2020)
What happened on 1 February?
The United Kingdom left the European Union at midnight on 31 January 2020, after both parties had ratified the Withdrawal Agreement. EU law will continue to apply to the UK until the transition period expires, on 31 December 2020. The transition period guarantees unchanged rules for individuals and companies, to allow for all stakeholders to begin application of the Agreement and to prepare the future relationship between the UK and the EU, which has yet to be negotiated.
Getting Ready for Brexit
The end of the transition period will affect individuals and businesses, whether or not an agreement on our future relationship is ratified. The framework of this relationship remains undecided. The transition period is agreed to last until 31 December 2020 but can be extended until end 2021 or 2022, if this extension is decided before 1 July 2020.
As matters stand, the UK government does not appear to want to extend the transition period past 2020. All stakeholders must therefore start preparations for the end of the transition period.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is responsible for the protection of and support for French nationals abroad as well as processing visa applications for foreign nationals wishing to visit France and has set up a Brexit FAQ (in French).
Regardless of your situation, this FAQ will provide you with answers to the most common questions on the consequences of Brexit, with an agreement or without an agreement or all the ratifications.
This section will be updated as the situation changes.
For additional information, please visit the
website of the French Government (in French)
Last updated: 31 January 2020