The UK has officially left the EU

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As a company that specialises in international shipping, it’s no surprise that GFS have been closely following the Brexit process. As of now, the UK has officially left the EU, and Bobbie Ttooulis, Group Marketing Director at GFS, looks forward over the next year with what to expect.

So it’s official, as of 11pm tonight, Friday the 31st of January 2020, Britain and Northern Ireland has officially left the EU and in Boris’s own words, we enter into a ‘new era’.

The good news so far as ecommmerce goes, is that nothing changed this evening. Thanks to the temporary transition agreement parcels will still freely ship between the UK and EU.

However, leaving the EU also marks the beginning of what will be a white-knuckle ride of politicians frantically trying to negotiate and reach agreement on a multitude of areas by 31st December – trade being just one of them. The good news is that until then everything stays the same. The bad news is that the uncertainty that has dogged UK businesses over the last two years of not knowing how trading with the EU will be impacted will definitely continue until then (and potentially beyond).

What you can be certain of however is that this time it’s for real. This is not a rehearsal folks, but the real thing so if you haven’t got your Brexit gameplan sorted or even started yet, then listen to our webinar. The slides are available for you to download here.

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