With the UK's withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, a transition period will begin until the end of 2020. During the transition period, the current rules will continue to be in place as if the UK were still a member of the EU. The EU and the UK will negotiate their future relationship during 2020. Due to the tight negotiation schedule, some sectors may fall outside the scope of the agreement starting on 1 January 2021. Businesses in particular should be prepared for this possibility.
Withdrawal agreement and transition period
The EU–UK withdrawal agreement enters into force on 1 February 2020. The withdrawal agreement will dismantle all cooperation based on the UK’s EU membership in an orderly manner. The withdrawal agreement does not lay down provisions on the future relationship between the EU and the UK.
The withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period until the end of 2020, during which the relationship between the EU and the UK will continue under the EU’s current rules, as if the UK were still a member of the EU. The only significant exception is that, during the transition period, the UK will no longer participate in EU decision-making or in the activities of EU bodies.
The withdrawal agreement will also, among other things, safeguard the residence, employment and social security rights of EU citizens residing in the UK and UK citizens residing in the EU under EU law for life if they have settled in the UK or the EU before 1 January 2021. Their status and rights will be safeguarded as they were under the key EU legislation as of 31 December 2020. The free movement of EU and UK citizens moving to each other's territory after 31 December 2020 will end and restrictions will be placed on their entry and rights.
Future relationship between the EU and the UK
The EU and the UK will negotiate their future relationship during 2020. The aim is for the future relationship to enter into force once the transition period is over on 1 January 2021. Further information on the future relationship will be provided later as the negotiations proceed.
Brexit will not affect the professional practice rights of those professionals who, under Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, have received a decision recognising their professional qualifications before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
In addition, applications for the recognition of professional qualifications received before the end of the transition period will be completely processed and resolved in accordance with the EU law referred to above.
Valvira recommends all social welfare and health care professionals who have completed or are about to complete their professional qualifications in the United Kingdom and who wish to have their qualifications recognised also in Finland to apply for a licence to practice/protected occupational title by 31 December 2020. Qualifications will then be able to be recognised in Finland without the requirement for further studies.
Under the EU and UK withdrawal agreement, the transition period will end on 31 December 2020. This means that as of 1 January 2021 the UK will no longer be an EU member state but a third country. According to information currently available, a social welfare and health care professional qualification obtained after 31 December 2020 will be considered as a qualification completed in a third country. This means that you will need to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the Finnish language and complete further studies before you can become a licensed physician in Finland.