What does IP completion day mean for Local Government?
What does IP completion day mean for Local Government?

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What does IP completion day mean for Local Government?
  • What happened on 31 December 2020
  • What changes for local government lawyers?
  • Citizen’s rights
  • The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • Access to EEA workers
  • Children’s social care
  • Legal changes
  • Supporting looked after children and care leavers
  • Education
  • More...

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the implementation period put in place to enable the UK to transition away from the EU’s laws and institutions. Since this time (referred to in this document as ‘IP completion day’) there is a significant change in the UK’s legal regime.

On 24 December 2020, the European Commission and UK government announced an agreement in principle on the legal terms of the future UK-EU relationship. Announced just one week before IP completion day, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), and associated agreements came at the eleventh hour, leaving little time to put in place the necessary legal and practical arrangements to make the deal fully operational. The deal was signed on 30 December 2020 and approved by the UK Parliament (along with implementing legislation). Due to the time pressure, the UK and EU agreed that the deal would apply provisionally from 1 January 2021, pending full ratification by the EU. The provisional TCA and associated agreements, declarations and regulations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 31 December 2020. Following ratification and final legal-linguistic revision, the finalised versions will be published in the OJEU by 30 April 2021. See News Analysis: The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement—new law, not EU law.

Without the TCA, the UK and EU

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