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  • businesses and employers,

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.

Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. They will then start to negotiate new arrangements. There would be a transition period to prepare for new rules.

The UK could still leave with no deal if the withdrawal agreement is not approved by 31 January 2020, or at the end of a transition period.

Find out what you, your family, or your business should do to be prepared if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Check how to prepare for a no deal Brexit

Keeping up to date

The Government publishes regularly updated guidance on Brexit online. You can sign up to these e-mail updates now to get automatic notifications of anything new.

Information for Residents

EU Citizens’ rights

If you’re an EUEEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can 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.

Settled status means 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.

The scheme fully opened on 30 March 2019. You will need to register for the scheme online by 30 June 2021. You can sign up here for email updates.

The government has made guidance on the settlement scheme available online in all 26 EU languages.

A partnership pack is available for community leaders to promote the settlement scheme.

On-line guidance is provided at gov.uk. Telephone guidance is available from the EU Settlement Resolution Centre (0300 123 7379).

Cambridge Central Library will be able to offer assisted digital help to do this if you need it.

A Government policy paper sets out the government’s intention in the event of no-deal:

Irish citizens’ rights

Irish citizens don’t need to apply under the Settlement scheme. The Government has published guidance on rights of Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area, which are not dependent on UK’s future relationship with the EU.

EFTA citizens’ rights

The Government has reached agreements on the rights of Citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein allowing them to use the settlement scheme. These agreements are subject to ratification. The policy paper includes a statement on EFTA citizens’ rights in the event of no deal.

Driving with an EU licence

You can see the guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit here.

International Travel

If the Withdrawal Act is ratified, UK Citizens can continue to travel to the EU states on the same basis as 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 available here.
  • 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.

Information and advice for Businesses and Employers

Find out more here from the government  about preparing your business for Brexit.   If you would like to know more and join a future BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) business forum either online or in person, contact them at [email protected]

Settlement scheme for employers

The Government has produced an Employers Toolkit to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.

You may also wish to look at information from trade organisations or bodies such as the Federation For Small Businesses.


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