Brexit and you

Brexit process and transition

The UK left the European Union (EU) on the 31 January 2020 and has agreed a new relationship with the EU, that came into effect on 31.12.20 - outlined in the EU (Future Relationship) Act. Details of the act which, among other things, covers trade, fishing, security, transport and EU programmes is available, with a summary explanation available.

The Government has published advice for individuals, businesses, UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK.  You can also sign up to e-mail alerts to receive notifications of updates.

Residents

If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to 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.

You can find out if you need to register using an on-line tool.  The scheme opened on 30 March 2019 and you will need to register by 30 June 2021. You can sign up for email updates online.

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 (ILR).

The UK has reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

Advice on settlement scheme

The government has made information on the settlement scheme available online in all EU languages. 

You can use Government's postcode checker to see what support and help is available near you.

An information pack is available for community leaders to promote the scheme.

Settlement scheme for employers

You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters. 

Trade associations and the Federation of Small Business may be able to offer further guidance.

International Travel

Latest advice on travelling to Europe is available on GOV.UK.

Businesses and Employers

Information to assist businesses prepare for leaving the EU is available from Business Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

The Government is holding a number of webinars for exporters. Find out more and sign up on the GOV.UK website.

Recruitment

A new points based immigration system is now in place, with further information available on the GOV.UK website.

Exporting and importing

An on-line tool on transition is available to find information most relevant to your business.

There is a grant funding scheme for training to help employees to complete customs declarations or IT improvements.  

Qualifications

Information on how to get professional qualifications obtained in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein recognised in the UK is available on GOV.UK.   

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -  Personal Data 

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has provided guidance its website to outline the position in relation to personal data.

Further information relating to EU Exit, transition and local authorities is available on GOV.UK.

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