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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. At this point in time (referred to in this document as ‘IP completion day’) there was an immediate and significant change in the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note explains the implications of this change in relation to the following areas of TMT law and practice:
Overview—what happened on 31 December 2020
TMT implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
Access to EEA workers
Internet of things
For a tracker of key TMT Brexit legislation and guidance, see Practice Note: TMT—Brexit tracker.
On 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and lost its entitlement to participate in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU. In accordance with the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marked the commencement of an 11-month implementation period during which the UK was treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes.
The implementation period ran until 11 pm on 31 December 2020, a point known as IP completion day. During this period, the UK
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