Brexit is short for “British exit” – and is the word people use to talk about the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU). The EU is a political and economic union of 28 countries that trade with each other and allow citizens to move easily between the countries to live and work.
The UK joined the EU, then known as the EEC (European Economic Community), in 1973, however, following a public vote – called a referendum – which was held on Thursday 23 June 2016 when voters were asked just one question – whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The Leave side won by nearly 52% to 48% – 17.4m votes to 16.1m – but the exit didn’t happen straight away.
It was due to take place on 29 March 2019 – but the departure date was delayed until the UK formally left the EU on January 31st, 2020. A transition period was commenced, which will end on December 31st, 2020 after which point, as things currently stand, customs entries and declarations will be required for all commercial freight shipments between the UK and Ireland.
Toga are well placed to handle the customs formalities for all UK to Ireland freight shipments from door to door.