Policy paper

The Border Operating Model

A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.


The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods

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On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union will end, and the United Kingdom will operate a full, external border as a sovereign nation. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU.

To afford industry extra time to make necessary arrangements, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.

Published 13 July 2020
Last updated 8 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated Border Operating Model.

  2. First published.