Following the 2016 referendum result and decision to exit the European Union, Havant Borough Council’s focus has been to ensure we are prepared so we can continue to deliver high quality services. Work has also been taking place to ensure that businesses and residents are supported and aware of any potential implications of leaving the European Union. HBC Brexit position statement (pdf 530 kb) 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. 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. More information is available on the GOV.UK – Get ready for Brexit website. There is also some good advice on the Citizens Advice website. EU Settlement Scheme update Home Office support services and application routes have now all fully reopened in line with public health guidance. This includes the reopening of the postal route for submitting identity documents for applicants who are unable to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity. The EU Settlement Resolution Centre provides support 7 days a week by email and telephone, in line with public health guidance to work from home where possible. A video has been produced which explains the support available for applicants. Further support available There is a range of support available online, by email and telephone for those who have questions or need help applying. Applicants can use the EU Exit ID Document check app to complete the identity stage of their application. Voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK can offer assistance online, over the telephone or by email to help more vulnerable or at-risk people to apply. Please check with the individual organisations for further details. Additional support is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the telephone. ID document scanner locations are currently suspended at this time following public health guidance to protect staff. However, the Home Office and delivery partners are keeping this situation under constant review and will endeavour to reinstate ID document scanner locations to their original capacity in line with public health guidance. Deadline for applications The deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. Brexit for businesses The Government regularly updates the GOV.UK website with information to support businesses. 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. 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. You can sign up to these email alerts on the GOV.UK website.