Information about Brexit in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications

In the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Brexit will impact both people and businesses. The impacts will mainly concern the transport sector. The single most important question is air transport.

Current situation

Many things changed when the UK’s withdrawal from the EU entered into force on 1 January 2021. The changes brought on by Brexit will have an impact on Finnish people and companies operating in Finland. The relationship between the EU and the UK will be significantly more distant than before. 

On Christmas Eve, 24 December 2020, the EU and the UK concluded their negotiations on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and the complementary agreements on security of classified information and nuclear cooperation.

The EU countries decided on 29 December 2020 that the three agreements could be applied provisionally from 1 January 2021.  The European Council adopted the decision by written procedure on 29 December 2020. This prevented a “no-deal” scenario after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

The provisional application of the agreement is set to continue until 28 February 2021. The European Parliament is expected to approve the agreements by then. The Council, i.e. the Member States, will subsequently make a separate decision on the approval of the agreements and they will enter into force definitely.  

Withdrawal agreement and transition period

The EU–UK withdrawal agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020. The withdrawal agreement will dismantle all cooperation based on the UK’s EU membership in an orderly manner. The withdrawal agreement does not lay down provisions on the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

The withdrawal agreement provided also for a transition period until the end of 2020.

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