The UK has officially left the EU as of the 1st of February 2020. There will be a transition period of 11 months whereby the UK is still aligned with all EU rules and regulations while a new agreement is negotiated. We anticipate that from the 1st of January 2021 the UK will have an agreement with the EU that allows freedom of travel for all players from within the 27 EU member states more-or-less as it has been when the UK was part of the bloc.
For those of you wondering what this will mean for PuyoGB Events:
- From 01/Feb/2020 to 31/Dec/2020, there is no impact on UK-EU travel.
PuyoGB events will continue to be run and organised as normal, open to all players worldwide.
- Brexit has no impact on the Republic of Ireland. UK citizens can continue to travel to Ireland freely and vice-versa through the Common Travel Area law.
As Ireland is an EU member state, EU laws apply for the other 26 EU member states.
This means our operations in Ireland, even after the transition period has ended, is unaffected.
- In the event of no UK-EU partnership from 01/Jan/2021, UK-EU immigration rules may differ only slightly from now. As the UK was never part of the Schengen agreement, EU nationals from the continent will need their passport to visit the UK. UK players heading to the continent need their passport anyway, so this is unaffected.
- If there is a deal that preserves freedom of movement, nothing will change.
It’s important to state that no matter what happens from Brexit, PuyoGB’s Events won’t change. We will still be organising events throughout the UK and Ireland, and we will continue to welcome all players from wherever in the world with open arms if they choose to participate in our events. In addition, we will continue to work with our friends on the European continent wherever we can to facilitate and support the growth of the game in the whole of Europe.
Naturally, our online events, such as the PuyoGB Open, remain completely unaffected.