Brexit: Four consequences of leaving EU that could affect you in 2022

Boris Johnson has vowed to “maximize the benefits of Brexit” in 2022 – but consumers have been warned to prepare for new disruptions due to new regulations.

On the occasion of the entry into force of the post-Brexit free trade agreement with the European Union a year ago, the prime minister said the government would “go further and faster” to exploit the “enormous potential that our new freedoms bring” in the new EU year .

But it comes when January 1st introduces new trade barriers with the EU – and some of the consequences of Brexit are only now becoming clear Mirror reports.

This is partly because the UK has agreed so many transitional arrangements that the effects of leaving the EU are still wearing off.

Here are four post-Brexit changes that could affect you in 2022:

Big business changes from January 1st …

Brexit import controls go into effect today as business leaders fear small businesses could be inundated with red tape.

Full customs controls have been delayed three times but will finally be slammed on imports from the EU to the UK on New Years Day.

The change means firms on both sides of the Canal will have to fill out more complex papers to bring goods from the continent to the UK.

British companies previously had up to 175 days to fill out customs declarations, but now they have to do so “at the point of importation”.

UK firms are also required to obtain “rules of origin” declarations that show whether the goods they are importing are made within the EU.

And every EU company that sends animal or food products to the UK – from steaks to cake mixes with egg – must “pre-notify” the UK authorities 24 hours in advance.

Customs controls do not apply to goods entering the UK from the island of Ireland after a rise in government.

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) head of trade policy, William Bain, told The Mirror that if companies fail to “pre-notify” food exports to the UK, “we can see some shipments getting stuck in ports in the EU rather than in stores come and “distribution centers in the UK.”

He added, “Fish, milk, these perishable products are most at risk when there is a lack of preparation.”

And he warned some small firms that if it were too much of a hassle and if it restricted the choice of buyers, they could give up imports from the EU altogether.

… and even more business changes from July

Other Brexit checks were delayed even further due to concerns for companies.

EU food imports to the UK will require export health certificates from July 1st, 2022, after the last date was postponed from October 1st.

Physical “SPS controls” of animal products at border inspection posts and security declarations for imports will also begin on July 1st.

This will make importing food into the UK bureaucratic and complex – and while you may not notice the difference, the last year has shown how supply bottlenecks can lead to empty shelves.

The return of cellular roaming charges

Brexit allowed companies to introduce roaming charges for Brits abroad, so Vodafone will do so on January 6th.

The law firm will be followed by EE on March 3rd and May 3rd from May 23rd.

Each network is reintroducing roaming charges which cost £ 2 per day in certain destinations abroad.

The changes for EE will affect those vacationing in 47 countries, while Vodafone says customers will be charged in 49 locations.

Roaming charges usually affect customers with monthly and SIM-only offers.

O2 has also changed its “Fair Use” policy which limits the amount of UK data you can use for free while roaming in Europe.

Prior to Brexit, Tory ministers reassured the nation that the vast majority of phone companies “have no plans” to bring back roaming charges.

£ 6 fee for holidays in the EU

While this change is not a direct result of Brexit, it could not have applied to UK citizens if we were still in the EU.

A change in EU rules means that vacationers from 60 non-EU countries will have to collect a € 7 (£ 6) fee for the visa waiver by the end of 2022.

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) should be operational for visitors to the Schengen countries by the end of the year.

It could then take another six months before it becomes mandatory, so that visitors may be forced to pay from mid-2023.

People under 18 or over 70 do not have to pay the € 7 fee. The ETIAS authorization is valid for three years or until the expiry date in the applicant’s passport, whichever is earlier.

EU documents state that most permits are issued “within minutes” but some could take up to 30 days to “identify safety, irregular migration or high epidemic risk”.

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