Since the 2016 referendum, the UK Statistics Authority has been working to ensure high quality, timely and accurate statistics continue to be available for users as we leave the EU. The UK is now entering a transition period which will run until 31 December 2020, and the statistical system is well prepared for the next steps.
Immediately after 31 January the UK statistical system will continue to operate as it does now. There will be no change to how we collect, regulate and disseminate statistics, which will continue to align with the European Statistical System throughout the transition period.
After the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, the UK statistical system will continue to collect and produce our wide range of economic and social statistics about the UK. We are committed to continued alignment with international standards, enabling comparability both over time and internationally and we will work with users of statistics to make sure they have the data they need to support the decisions they have to make.
We are fortunate in the UK to have a well-established and robust legal domestic framework. The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 underpins the UK’s independent statistical system, steers and regulates the production of UK statistics, and ensures they are free from political influence and other bias.
We remain strongly committed to co-operating closely with our colleagues in national statistical institutes and other producers of statistics across Europe, the Commonwealth, and the rest of the world to produce high-quality statistics, analysis and advice for the public good.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond.