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EU Exit (Brexit) - Advice for Businesses and Residents

'EU exit' (or 'Brexit') is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). 

The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

The Government has been preparing for any outcome from EU exit negotiations and has been implementing a programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in October 2019. 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information

EU exit advice for businesses

The Government has designed this step-by-step guide and an information pack  to help businesses prepare for EU exit and the potential 'no deal' scenario. 

You will need to prepare to continue trading with EU businesses in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.

Leaflets (available in English and French, and in other languages on request) and videos are now available to help you prepare for EU Exit, including actions businesses need to take to prepare in the event of a 'no deal' scenario. 

Gov.UK: Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

The gov.uk website provides public sector information which provides guidance relevant to your business. As part of this there is a quick questionnaire to help narrow down the information specific to your business.

Also useful to businesses is the government's new Get Ready for Brexit website.

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

The Bresilience website has been created by Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce. It provides you with information, resources and a detailed checklist to help them consider the changes Brexit may bring. The website also contains the latest updates on Brexit and details to help you plan your international business needs post-Brexit.

Federation of Small Businesses: Small Business Brexit Pack

The Federation of Small Businesses has created an information pack about some of the possible scenarios post- Brexit. Find out more

EU citizens in the UK - advice

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information and to apply to stay in the UK 

EU 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. 

Information for EU citizens living in the UK

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss 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.

EU Settlement Scheme

What ‘settled’ and ‘pre-settled’ status means

Prepare for EU Exit if you live in the UK

Visit the Government's EU Exit web pages for information on: 

  • Going and being abroad
  • Work
  • Transport 
  • Environment 
  • Business and industry 
  • Education, training and skills

Community Groups

The government has produced a toolkit for community leaders, which gives groups the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families.

Community leaders toolkit