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Beyond Brexit: People

Beyond Brexit: People


Following Brexit, the UK's points-based immigration regime applies to all non-UK nationals wishing to live and work in the UK. Meanwhile, UK nationals travelling to the EU for business purposes are subject to additional requirements and may need visas or work permits. This page brings together our latest materials on these topics, alongside our checklists of other key issues businesses need to consider when either sending staff to the UK or sending UK employees to work abroad.

The UK's immigration regime

The UK's points-based immigration regime now applies equally to both EU nationals and other non-UK nationals wishing to live and work in the UK.  As a result, it is now significantly more difficult to recruit EEA nationals than was the case under the previous EU free movement rules.  We explain the implications for employers. 

Business travel to the EU

Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, EU free movement rules no longer apply to travel between the UK and countries within the EU. As a result, individuals who are travelling on business from the UK to the EU (or vice versa) will need to consider whether the nature of their travel is such that they are permitted to enter the country they are travelling to without a visa or work permit. Business trips will need to be considered on a case by case basis, as the rules vary from country to country.

Other key issues to consider

Whether you are looking to move your senior executives or wider employee base to the UK or expanding out of the UK and sending your executives abroad, there will usually be a number of other issues you need to consider, such as employment rights, tax, social security and regulatory compliance. See our checklists below: 

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