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The UK has left the EU, and the transition period ended on 31 December 2020.

The EU (Future Relationship) Bill, has been passed, bringing the trade deal into UK law. This means that the UK and the EU can continue to trade without extra taxes being put on goods.

There will also be changes to how people travel between the EU and UK, and to the way they live and work.

Visit to find out what actions you, your family or your business need to take.

For a complete list of actions, answer a few questions about yourself, your family or business.

Changes for citizens

Travelling to the EU

Check what you need to do to travel to Europe from 2021

Continue living and working in the EU

Living and working in an EU country depends on the rules in that country. You may need to register or apply for residency. You should check that you’re covered for healthcare. You may also need to exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.

Check what you must do in the country where you live

Staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen

Check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Check what you need to do to stay in the UK

Access to social housing and homelessness assistance for EEA and Swiss citizens in England

June 2021 – EU Settlement Scheme application deadline

To secure their rights in UK law, eligible EEA citizens need to apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Prior to this deadline, eligible EEA citizens can continue to access benefits and services on broadly the same basis as now, regardless of whether they have secured settled status.

To be eligible, you need to have been living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Support available 

If you would like support in your home language, the Brexit Project from Southern Brooks is available to help.

Southern Brooks can talk through any concerns you may have about the EUSS and work with a network of community ambassadors, so that you can be supported in your preferred language via a community member.

If you are unsure whether the scheme applies to you, or you would like more information, please get in touch by email or call 07971 797770

If you prefer, visit one of our One Stop Shop offices where we can help you:

  • Kingswood One Stop Shop – Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 9TR
  • Patchway One Stop Shop – Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, BS34 5PE
  • Yate One Stop Shop – Kennedy Way, Yate, BS37 4DQ

Changes for businesses

The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period will affect businesses that deal with Europe and you should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from 1 January 2021.

The UK has introduced a points-based immigration system.

New immigration system: what you need to know

UK points-based immigration system: employer information

Businesses that import and export goods

From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Find out what you need to do to continue to:

To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. You can register to attend a live webinar which will provide information on key actions for businesses in these sectors or view the webinars on demand.

Business support helplines

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has set up new helplines to assist UK businesses with enquiries related to the end of the Transition Period.  The Business Support Helpline (0800 998 1098) can help businesses in England identify the actions they need to take.

Businesses can also call HMRC’s Customs and International Trade Helpline and speak to an adviser on 0300 322 9434 or get in touch by webchat or by emailing

Other useful sources of information for businesses

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