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Brexit (European Union Withdrawal)

The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020, although there will be a planned 11 month transition period. During this time, the UK will still follow all the EU's rules and regulations, remain in the single market and the customs union and the free movement of people will continue.

Preparations for a No Deal Brexit – known as Operation Yellowhammer – are now halted with immediate effect due to the decreased likelihood of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Government focus is now on the delivery aspects of the current deal, future relationship negotiations and preparing for the end of the implementation period.   

Further information about Brexit can be found on the Government's The UK and the EU have agreed a deal page. If are a UK citizen living in the EU you can check specific guidance for the country you live in.

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The Government has produced information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens. It has been updated to add information relating to the points based immigration system from 1 January 2021.

Customs Support Funding

The deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding has been extended to 31 January 2021. From 1 January 2021, the way businesses trade will change, and they’ll need to prepare for life outside the EU, including new customs arrangements. For example, businesses will need to make customs declarations to import and export goods between Great Britain (GB) and the EU once the UK is outside of the EU’s customs territory.

Guidance on how to apply for customs support funding can be found on the gov.uk website.

EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. For more information, click here.

Applications are free and the deadline for application is 30 June 2021.

If you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you employ EU citizens and would like more information about the EUSS, the government have provided an introduction to the scheme for employers and a toolkit to equip you with the right materials and information to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK.

If you are a community group working with EU citizens, learn how you can support EU citizens and non-EU citizen family members to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme here. There is also a toolkit to help you provide clear and accurate information to the EU citizens and family members you are supporting.

The EUSS is administered by the Home Office - to find out what you need to do and how to apply, use the online tool on Gov.uk.

If you need help before you apply or with an on-going application, you can get help online  or call 0300 123 7379.