Brexit: are you ready? 

New rules for individuals and organisations will come into force on 1 January 2021. They will affect movement of people and goods, recruitment and data. To help you prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, we have collated everything we know here for you. 

As negotiations between the UK and the EU are ongoingwe will continue to share updates and guidance with our members as things develop. 

The shortcuts 

Get a complete, personalised list of actions you need to take by answering the Government’s questionnaire here. 

Government guidance on actions arts, culture and heritage organisations need to take by 31 December 2020 is here. 

The latest  

You can find the DCMS transition period newsletter for arts, culture and heritage organisations here. 

Stay uptodate by signing up here for email alerts whenever the Government publishes updates on the Brexit transition. See the Government’s Brexit transition page. 


Useful links by topic 

Your employees 

Recruiting from outside the UK 

Global Talent Visa 

Visiting Europe 

 Your data 

 Your business and services 

 Movement of goods 

 EU Funding 


  • Arts Council England’s Brexit information page, including an EU Exit: Transition Period Guide, is here.  
  • Arts Council of Wales’ briefing note on Brexit for arts practitioners is here (last updated Sep 2019). 
  • Creative Scotland’s Brexit page is here.  
  • Northern Ireland’s government EU exit information page is here. 
  • UK outdoor arts organisation XTRAX has a practical guide to Brexit for outdoor arts touring companies here 

Not sure what it all means? Check out this list of FAQs on this regularly updated BBC Brexit Guide, including a really useful jargon buster. 

What is One Dance UK doing? 

Since the EU referendum in June 2016, One Dance UK has been working tirelessly on assessing the impact of Brexit on dance and our members, and omaking sure our sector is prepared for the changes related to leaving the EU. 

We are in touch regularly with ministers, parliamentarians and officials, joining meetings and roundtables in order to increase awareness and understanding of the unique challenges faced by the dance sector. We have also been working alongside partners and organisations representing the performing arts and creatives industries to align approaches on shared issues.


We created the Dance Sector Brexit Working Group as a dedicated task force to gather data and discuss issues around Brexit. One Dance UK has been conveying priorities and recommendations from this group to relevant government departments, as well as sharing government updates and regularly briefing group members on any developments.  

We have conducted member surveys, published reports, responded to consultations and provided evidence, cases studies and information to DCMS, DfE and Arts Council England.  

In particular: 

  • We urged the Government to put the right conditions in place to ensure the UK dance sector can continue to thrive after the UK leaves the EU. 
  • We highlighted the reliance of the UK dance sector on EEA migrant workers. 
  • We called for the continued ease of movement of talent and goods across borders, both in terms of visas as well as appropriate entry criteria such as salary thresholds. 
  • We signalled the direct impact on touring work of large to mid and smaller-scale companies, as well as on the vast number of freelancers working in our sector. 
  • We expressed concern about the potential impact on European cooperation projects and on the reach and diversity of the art form itself. 

As the national sector support organisation for dance, our priority is representing youWe will keep working closely both with DCMS and all of you into 2021, to support you and find answers to your questions as we navigate the new context that we will all be operating in.  

If you wish to talk with us further about Brexit, ask a question or express a concern that you would like us to raise with DCMSuse the button below.