Exit from the European Union (Brexit)

Information and resources for residents, businesses, employers and the voluntary and community sector on preparing for Brexit (exit from the European Union) and the EU Settlement Scheme

The United Kingdom (UK) is due to leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October2019.

Leaving the EU means there will be changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens. The Get ready for Brexit page, provided for by Central government, contains a number of checking tools which will help guide you through what may need to be done before the date of our departure. Checking tools have been published for:

  • businesses and the self-employed
  • those who are visiting the EU after Brexit
  • UK nationals living in the EU
  • EU citizens living in the UK.

The web page also has links to news, guidance, services, research and policy related to Brexit, along with a database of Brexit-related freedom of information requests

Add in ‘Government Checking tool’ under ‘Advice for businesses’ heading:

  • Government checking tool: this will offer guidance to your business or organisation after answering 7 simple questions.

EU Settlement Scheme

Advice for residents

If you are a European Union citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after December 2020.

The deadline for applications is:

  • 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal
  • 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Find out more about settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families. You can also sign up for email updates about the scheme.

Advice for businesses and employers

The EU Settlement Scheme allows your employees and their close family members to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit. For more information visit: settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Using the scheme will mean that they are eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions, and British citizenship, if they want to apply and meet the requirements.

You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the scheme to your employees. It contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.

General advice for businesses, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector

Advice in the event of a no deal Brexit

The government has published guidance on the UK government's preparations for a no deal scenario. This includes:

Advice for businesses

See the following resources:

Advice for local authorities on preparing for exiting the EU

The government has published guidance for local government Brexit preparedness. This includes advice on:

  • statutory services
  • regulatory services
  • border areas
  • supply chains
  • data handling
  • local partnership working
  • communications
  • regional and local growth

Advice for the voluntary and community sector

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has Brexit guidance and resources for voluntary and community organisations