The UK has left the EU, and the transition period comes to an end 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 gov.uk/transition 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
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.
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.
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.
If you would like in-person support in your home language, the Brexit Project from Southern Brooks is available to help.
EU Settlement Scheme reaches five million applications
The Government has hit the milestone of five million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) as of 11 February.
A further £4.5 million of funding has also been announced to support the network of 72 organisations across the UK to support those applying to the scheme.
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.
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.
Other useful sources of information for businesses
- InSouthGlos business update – sign up to receive the weekly newsletter
- Sign up for webinars and videos about trading with the EU
- GOV.UK: Webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU
- Business West webpage: Trading Through Brexit
• West of England Growth Hub webpage: EU Transition
• FSB webpage: Brexit Guidance for Small Businesses
• British Chamber of Commerce webpage: Post-Transition Brexit Checklist