Skip to main content

The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. It has now entered an 11-month transition period which is due to come to an end on 31 December 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected calls to extend the transition period, and the EU has accepted this stance. This is despite the coronavirus pandemic and its implications on world health and international trade. 

The UK Government has made it clear that we must leave the customs union and single market and have no jurisdiction under the European Court of Justice.

Our members should be aware that the European Communities Act 1972 continues to apply while the UK is in the transition period. This means that the UK effectively remains in the customs union and single market and continues to follow EU rules – but is no longer part of the EU’s political institutions.

Trade deal

The first priority is to negotiate a trade deal with the EU and other nations. Here you can find the latest information on the trade agreements which have been signed and agreed. 

If no trade deal with the EU has been agreed and ratified by the end of the year, both parties will rely on World Trade Organisation rules to trade with one another.

Earlier this year both sides agreed their respective mandates for the negotiations on future trading arrangements. Both sides have continued to hold a series of negotiations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

British Marine understands that the negotiations cover matters such goods and services, fishing, security cooperation, data policy, education and science.

We welcomed the decision to negotiate a maritime sector deal and will continue our engagement with the UK Government and key industry partners to ensure the voice of the leisure marine industry is heard and fully represented. 

What did we do?

British Marine actively engaged with its members throughout the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement. We also sought feedback on the contents of any sector-wide deal to ensure our members interests were represented and communicated.

Our team also held a series of webinars and provided updates to give you, our members that latest information and advice. 

British Marine will continue to engage with the UK Government on the contents of a sector deal throughout the transition period.

British Marine COVID-19 issue cover

Read the latest British Marine magazine - COVID-19 Special

30 Jun 2020

This latest issue shares the stories of how British Marine members have reacted and adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated advice for beach managers during COVID-19

23 Jun 2020

The National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) has produced updated guidance for coastal beach managers and landowners, including private organisations, during COVID-19.

Tourism set for summer return in every UK region

22 Jun 2020

Tourism across the UK is now set for a summer return


22 Jun 2020

The UK public look set to take to the water as a safe way to enjoy the ease of lockdown

Eco-friendly cleaning product offer

22 Jun 2020

British Marine member, The Green Blue is teaming up with Ecoworks Marine to support clubs, centres and marine businesses to get back to business safely and sustainably.

European Union launches 'Re-open EU'

18 Jun 2020

The European Union has launched ‘Re-open EU’, a tool that provides real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in the EU Member States.

Brexit update EU and UK agree three more negotiating rounds in Brexit talks

16 Apr 2020

The EU and UK held a meeting earlier this week to assess the technical work that has taken place since the first negotiating round on the basis of the legal documents they have exchanged.

Brexit Webinar British Marine

Preparing for Brexit webinar

01 Apr 2020

Preparing for Brexit webinar - available to watch now

European Union / GB Flag

European Union issues notice to stakeholders regarding the withdrawal of the UK and EU product rules

27 Mar 2020

The European Union has released a new notice to stakeholders detailing the changes that will occur to all industrial products (this includes recreational craft, PPE, engine emissions and component parts) placed on the EU market at the end of the transition period.


Brexit: What next for the trade talks between the UK and EU?

27 Feb 2020

Earlier this week the UK Government and EU each agreed their respective mandates for the negotiations on future trading arrangements.