The UK Government has published guidelines on the new food and beverage naming regime from 1 January 2021 (28 September 2020), which also sheds further light on the interactions between the scheme and the EU scheme. From 1 January 2021, the EU regime will no longer apply to the UK, as is the case for EU Member States – see the European Commission`s comments in its communication to stakeholders – UK withdrawal and EU geographical indication rules (6 July 2020). If, at the end of the transition period, there is no future economic agreement replacing the withdrawal agreement, all British products (88) registered under the EU GI system will automatically receive UK status and remain protected in the UK, as will all third countries in Schedule A of the relevant trade agreement (such as Switzerland and South Korea). both of which signed the agreements). It remains to be seen whether the international negotiations conducted by the British government in the coming months will mean that international mutual protection of state force in the UK will have the same jurisdictional cover as the UK previously in the EU. If the continuity agreement on EU free trade agreements cannot be concluded until 1 January 2021, the UK is likely to lack a level of reciprocity in protection for UK companies that have been reported unless alternative agreements can be concluded. The UK scheme covers the geographical names of foodstuffs, beverages and agricultural products (including beer, cider and Perry), spirit drinks, wines and flavoured wines. These are the same categories that are protected under the EU system, since EU rules in this area are incorporated into UK law in accordance with the withdrawal agreement (unless the UK and the EU reach another agreement as a result of free trade negotiations). The UK regime will use the names appellations protected designations of origin (PDOs), protected geographical indication (PGI) and traditional specialty guarantee (TSG), which in turn correspond to the names available under the Eu scheme. The guidelines published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 5 February 2019 indicated that if the UK withdrew from the EU, the UK would establish its own rules on geographical indications without agreement.