Preparations for Brexit

Following the referendum in June 2016, the UK is leaving the European Union. An official decision on the outcome has not yet been made by Parliament.

Useful information for individuals and businesses, including UK nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK, can be found via GOV.UK – Get ready for Brexit.

Brexit for residents

If you are a non-UK European Union citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to continue living in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme.

The scheme is now open but the deadline to apply will vary depending on whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, EU citizens living in the UK will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the settlement scheme.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, EU citizens living in the UK have until 31 December 2020 to apply to the settlement scheme.

It is free to apply to the scheme.

After you have applied

If your application is successful, a letter will be emailed to you confirming your settled or pre-settled status. If your application is unsuccessful, you can apply for an administrative review but you cannot currently appeal the decision.

You can apply again at any time until 30 June 2021, or until 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves with no deal. 

More information is available on the GOV.UK – Get ready for Brexit website. There is also some good advice on the Citizens Advice website.

Brexit for businesses

The Government regularly updates the GOV.UK website with information to support businesses, in preparing for leaving the EU. A step-by-step guide can be found on their Get ready for Brexit webpage.

The Government has also published an employer toolkit to provide the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families in applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The employer toolkit can also be used to explain the scheme to your employees, and ready-to-use leaflets and posters are also available to download.

Local support for businesses

There is also local support for businesses from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. They have put together a toolkit to help local businesses plan for Brexit as part of their business strategy. The toolkit includes a variety of resources and events.

A 'no deal’ Brexit

The Government has also released a series of guidance notices with advice on how to prepare should the UK and EU not reach a withdrawal agreement, and a partnership pack to enable businesses to prepare.

More information about the UK's departure from the European Union and preparing for Brexit can be found on GOV.UK.

Citizens Advice

There is a lot of information emerging from the Brexit process. If you need any help or support with the information detailed above then Citizens Advice will be able to help you.

Details of your nearest Citizens Advice centre and the relevant contact information can be found on their website.

Get email alerts

GOV.UK is sending regular email alerts to keep residents and businesses up to date with Brexit.

This includes information about the article 50 process, negotiations and announcements about policy changes because of Brexit.

You can sign up to these email alerts on the GOV.UK website.