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Leaving the European Union

Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens. If you wish to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021 you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The European Union Settlement Scheme

What is the European Union Settlement Scheme?

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. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. See here for details.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying. For example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

How to apply

Full details about the EU settlement scheme can be found on the government website. If you need support with your application then Citizens Advice can provide advice and assistance.

Apply Here

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2021

Keeping up to Date

Transition Webpage

The Government's EU Exit website provides a single source where anyone can find guidance and the most up-to-date information relating to leaving the EU. This includes a triage tool so that each audience group (business, the public, EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU) can find the information they need.

Transition Website

Preparing your Business for Leaving the European Union

If you are a business owner, its vital you prepare for the UKs departure from the European Union. 

  • The government online tool can be useful to prepare your business for the leaving the EU. Use this tool to find out what your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU, what's changing in your industry and information on specific rules and regulations.
  • The government has also published advice guides relating to different sectors, including flowcharts for import and export processes after Brexit. These can viewed here.
  • Government have issued a letter to inform businesses about the coming rule changes. A leaflet on rule changes has also been issued.

For more general advice on specific sectors, please see below: 

Farming Sector guidance
Food and Drink sector guidance
Guidance for food and business operators
Science, research and innovation sector
Professional and business services sector
Oil and gas production
Electronics, machinery and parts sector
Consumer goods