The UK’s vote to leave the European Union in 2016 brought with it a number of challenges, and opportunities.
Famously sold as a chance to “take back control” from Brussels, Brexit has opened up some freedoms for the UK, but there have also been stumbling blocks so far.
Here are some of the things that have changed as a result of Brexit.
1. Trade deals
Trade deals - No longer being part of the EU’s single market and customs union means the UK needs to make its own trade deals with other countries. We’ve already signed off a deal with the EU, as well as Japan, and an agreement with Australia has been agreed, with the details to be published imminently (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo: (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
2. Freedom to live and work in the EU
In order to live or work in EU nations, UK citizens now need to get permission and will typically need a visa for most trips over 90 days. This has meant changes for UK nationals already living in the EU, although people living in Ireland are generally not affected (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Photo: (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
3. Pets and travel
While anyone taking a pet on holiday with them to Europe previously would have been able to use an EU pet passport, these are no longer valid post-Brexit. Instead, pet-owners must visit a specialist vet ten days or less prior to travel to get an EU Model Health Certificate
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The much-slated change in colour isn’t the only impact Brexit has had on our passports. There’s now a requirement for passports to have at least six months left on them in order to travel to most EU countries. This doesn’t apply when travelling to Ireland, but does include non-EU member states that are part of the Shengen travel area, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland (Photo Illustration by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Photo: (Photo Illustration by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)