The effects of Brexit are now being felt in the Premier League (PL) as the summer transfer window dates and 2020/21 season start dates have both been changed.
In a shareholders meeting held on Thursday, Premier League shareholders voted to start the 2020/21 season on August 8 and also have the summer transfer window deadline extended to September 1 closing at 5 pm.
Richard Masters who is the Premier League chief executive told Sky News that the main reason for the change of dates was because of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU otherwise known as Brexit.
“One of the reasons is because the immigration system is going to change and it may be that it’s the last window where freedom of movement is possible, clubs may want to take advantage of the longer window to make sure that they’ve taken full advantage,”
In 2017, the majority of PL clubs voted for the summer transfer window to close just a day before the beginning of the season. Club managers were however against this decision as it meant that European based clubs were still able to sign players after the transfer window.
The new date will now coincide with the rest of the European clubs and also give PL clubs time to handle immigration issues that are sure to arise from England’s new status as an independent nation.
More changes are still expected in the Premier League structure as a result of Brexit as the repercussions of the exit of the EU are only just starting to be felt.