Brexit and you
The UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) at 11pm on 29 March 2019.
A UK Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU were endorsed by the European Council. The House of Commons must vote to approve these, or an amended version, before they can be approved and put into effect.
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 will open 30 March 2019 and you will need to register by 30 June 2021 in the event the Withdrawal Agreement is approved. You can sign up for email updates online.
A policy paper sets out government’s plan in the event of no-deal. EU citizens and their families living in the UK by 29 March 2019 will have broadly the same access to:
If there is no deal those EU citizens and their family members resident here by 29 March 2019 would have until 31 December 2020 to apply for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme
EU identity cards will initially remain valid for travel to the UK.
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).
Advice on settlement scheme
The government has confirmed it will make information on the settlement scheme available online in all EU languages by 29 March.
Information is available online at Gov.uk.
If the deal is approved, UK Residents will be able to continue to travel to the EU on the same basis as they are now until the end of December 2020.
In the event of no deal, points to consider for travel to EU/ EEA* are:
- Passports: Guidance is that UK passports should be no older than 9 years and 6 months on the day of travel.
- Visas: Both the EU and UK have announced the intention to continue visa free travel for short trips to the EU.
- Driving licences: An International Driving Permit may be required.
- Vehicle Insurance: A Green Card may be required.
- EHIC cards: Access to reciprocal healthcare using EHIC cards may not be available.
Businesses and Employers
Information to assist businesses prepare for leaving the EU is available from Business Essex, Southend and Thurrock:
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.
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU Citizens can continue to move to the UK to live and work until 31 December 2020.
Proposals for future immigration are covered by the Immigration White Paper.
Exporting and importing
Information is available that explain how to manage importing and exporting in the case of a no deal Brexit. This covers customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes. No-deal technical notices provide information on more specialist areas. An on-line tool 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. This will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier if all funding is allocated.
The Withdrawal Agreement provides continued recognition of qualifications during the withdrawal period.
For more information about this and what happens in the event of a no-deal, please read the government’s published technical notice.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Personal Data
Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has provided guidance on its website In the event of no deal
Further information relating to Brexit and local authorities is available here
* EEA – European Economic Area: EU Member States and the three EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway)
Page last updated: 11/02/2019