Brexit at a Glance
- The United Kingdom’s final departure from the European Union, which it joined in 1973, took effect December 31, 2020.
- When the United Kingdom was a member of the European Union, goods could travel between Europe and the United Kingdom without taxation or quotas. That hasn’t changed.
- Now, people may no longer move freely across EU and UK borders when choosing where to live and work. Visas will be required.
- The Republic of Ireland remains an EU country, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, will continue to follow many EU rules.
- Through Brexit, the United Kingdom became free to set its own trade policy and negotiate deals with other countries.