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).
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
- Government checking tool: guidance for your business or organisation.
EU Settlement Scheme
Advice for residents
If you are an EU citizen, the Settlement Scheme allows you and your close family members to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit.
Settled status means you will remain eligible for:
- public services, such as healthcare and schools
- public funds and pensions
- British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements.
Check the government website for guidance about the Settlement Scheme and to apply online. It is free to apply. If you need help to apply because you don't have online access or don't feel you have the skills or confidence to complete the online application form, you can contact Assisted Digital on 03333 445 675. If you have any questions about your application you can also phone the EU Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379.
The scheme fully opened on 30 March 2019 and the deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the deadline will be brought forward to 31 December 2020. You can sign up to receive email updates about the status of EU citizens in the UK.
The government has translated its guidance on the Settlement Scheme in all 26 EU languages.
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
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:
- a series of no deal guidance notices to offer advice on how to prepare if the UK and EU does not reach a deal
- a Partnership Pack (PDF) to enable businesses to prepare, and a web page with step by step guides: How to find what you need in this partnership pack
Advice for businesses
See the following resources:
- Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Brexit hub: a range of news, information and checklists for businesses and support available from dedicated Brexit Advisors
- Visit the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership website for Brexit advice for your business: includes bespoke advice from government to businesses, funding opportunities, information for businesses from government and national business representatives
- The potential implications of Brexit for Norfolk and Suffolk (PDF): an economic analysis for Suffolk and Norfolk.