Leaving the EU

Advice and guidance for residents and businesss on the UK's exit from the EU, including how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

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The UK has left the EU

The transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and new rules apply from 1 January 2021. The government has published advice and information about how individuals and businesses can prepare.

Find out how to prepare*

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Local Businesses

From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU.

Find out more about how businesses can prepare*

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Staying in the UK if you're an EU citizen

If you are an EU citizen or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, then the Settlement Scheme allows you and your close family members to continue to live and work in the UK. Registration under the scheme will mean that you will remain eligible for:

  • Public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • Public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements.

You will need to register under the scheme by 30 June 2021 (or by 31 December 2020 in the event of a no deal).

Check if you need to apply for EU Settlement Status*

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How to apply

This video from by the Home Office explains the two ways of applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Using the app

This video by the Home Office gives some tips on applying via the app.

There is an Assisted Digital service for anyone who does not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the EU Settlement Scheme form.

You can also sign-up to e-mail updates to receive notifications.