United Kingdom – Brexit and Next Steps
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31 January 2020, the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK and the EU has now taken effect. The UK and EU will now negotiate their future trading relationship during a transition period which will conclude on 31 December 2020.
Australian agricultural producers should note that existing arrangements for exports to the UK and EU remain in effect until the end of this transition period.
If the UK and EU cannot agree the details of their future trading relationship or to an extension of the transition period by 31 December 2020, the UK will default to trading with the EU on WTO terms.
We have been taking steps to minimise disruptions for Australian agricultural producers. The Australian Government is:
- focused on preserving and promoting our strategic and economic interests with the UK and EU
- working to address any risks posed by Brexit and EU-UK negotiations
- looking at ways to maximise opportunities with the UK – including a Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement.
Arrangements already in place between Australia and the EU for wine and other exports continue to apply to the UK post-Brexit.
On 18 January 2019, Australia and the UK signed two bilateral agreements which will come into effect at the end of the transition period:
- Agreement on Trade in Wine between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Agreement on Mutual Recognition in Relation to Conformity Assessment, Certificates and Markings between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
UK export conditions and requirements
The UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will continue to accept existing EU model health certificates and establishment listings relating to exports of animals and animal products from third country trading partners, including Australia, for 6 months following the conclusion of the transition period.
The Australian Government is engaging with the UK to develop new health certificates and establishment listings.
The EU intends to ‘split’ existing agricultural WTO tariff-rate quotas between the UK and the EU-27 at the end of the transition period.
This will include Australia’s country specific quotas for:
- sheep and goat meat
We are progressing potential changes to the administration of the EU’s existing agricultural WTO tariff-rate quotas. The Australian Government is negotiating with the UK and EU to reach a mutually satisfactory outcome.
Find out more about export quotas.
We will update this page as more information about Brexit becomes available.
Find out more about Brexit:
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Brexit page
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Prospective Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement
- Importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin after EU Exit
- Guidance on importing and exporting live animals or animal products
- Importing live animals or animal products from non-EU countries
- Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS): guidance
- The food and drink sector and preparing for EU Exit
- The farming sector and preparing for EU Exit
- Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret to the UK
- UK Trade agreements with non-EU Countries
- Trading under WTO Rules
- Trade Tariff: look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates
- Get UK customs clearance when importing goods from outside the EU: step by step
European Commission ‘Forging a new partnership’ web page and the Communication on implementing the Commission’s Contingency Action Plan.