The UK’s new regulatory landscape following EU exit

Date: 27/04/2021

Start Time: 2:00 pm

End Time: 3:00 pm

About this Event

The UK’s departure from the EU and end to the transition period on 31st December 2020 witnessed a brand-new regulatory landscape emerge for UK companies. Extracting ourselves from 40+ years of regulatory alignment and all that entailed, could never have been achieved in the time afforded by both the negotiation and transition phases.

A frequently cited reason for Brexit back in the days of the 2016 referendum, was the UK’s desire not to be bound by stringent EU regulation; those in favour of Brexit wanted a more deregulated economy they deemed would facilitate increased global trade. Regulatory alignment was always going to cause significant issues in the trade negotiation when both sides were so far apart, the EU wanting close regulatory alignment, the UK wanting access to the Single Market without the regulatory conditions that accompany it. Whilst there is equivalence in some areas of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and safeguards to ensure that both parties adhere to their commitments, the risk of longer-term regulatory deviation and how this would be tackled, must be a consideration for UK companies moving forward.

Many companies remain confused by the new rules and governing bodies, changes that see them often having to abide by two different sets of regulation depending on which market they are placing their products i.e. GB or EU. We reference GB as opposed to UK, as the Northern Ireland Protocol has resulted in Northern Ireland being suspended in a kind of hybrid EU/UK market, part of the UK customs territory but closely aligned to the EU for the purposes of regulation and VAT.

During this webinar, Andrea Collins of The Export Department, will not only be exploring key changes in general regulation impacting businesses as a result of Brexit; but also adopting a sector-specific view to examine regulatory changes affecting some of the UK’s leading sectors.

Attendees will receive:

  • Up to date insights on the regulation impacting several sectors
  • Signposting for how to obtain further support, guidance and ongoing clarity with regard to future changes


Andrea is an international trade specialist with almost 25 years’ experience in the industry. A linguist fluent in French and Spanish, Andrea specializes in Importing, exporting, Brexit preparedness, business resilience, and business growth. A passionate ambassador of UK micro businesses and SMEs, she launched The Export Department to assist these companies expand their horizons internationally and raise the profile of UK goods and services abroad. As well as supporting private clients with their international trade endeavours, Andrea delivers 1:1 support and 1:Many support for a number of Growth Hubs nationwide and is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of EU transition, international expansion, and business resilience support programmes operational across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and the South East Midlands.

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