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EU transition

  1. Government toolkit
  2. EU citizens
  3. How the Council is preparing
  4. Schools
  5. Businesses

Government toolkit

The government has created a toolkit for the EU transition:

GOV.UK: EU transition

There is information on the government website for: 

For all information, visit GOV.UK: EU transition.

EU citizens

The Government has advised EU citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). 

If you are an EU or Swiss national, you can apply for settled status as an EU citizen who wishes to continue to work in the UK.

GOV.UK: EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

How the Council is preparing

We are working closely with all of our partners to assess what impacts there could be upon our residents and the wider community. Where possible we are taking steps to minimise these as much as possible.

We have continued to work closely with both local and regional partners to coordinate our plans.

Our aim is to make sure that we seek to minimise impacts to our residents and businesses from the changes arising from the national exit plan, and that local businesses can continue to prosper following the exit, by taking advantage of new opportunities that may arise.


Read the government guidance for schools: 

GOV.UK: Schools sector: new rules


Make sure your business is ready for the change: 

  • If you sell goods to the EU you must prepare for new customs procedures. To check duties and customs procedures for exporting your goods worldwide, visit GOV.UK: EU transition.
  • If you travel to the EU for work purposes you will need to check if you need a visa or work permit and apply if necessary.
  • If you employ overseas nationals you will need to prepare your business for the implementation of the new immigration system. If you want to hire anyone from outside the UK, including from the EU, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor.
  • If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you may need to take extra steps to make sure that the data can continue to flow legally.
  • If you provide services in the EU, you must make sure that your qualifications are now recognised by EU regulations to be able to practice or service clients in the EU.

Get a personalised summary of the actions you need to take for your business, by using the simple tool at GOV.UK: EU transition.

New trading rules - guidance for businesses

Businesses are being advised to take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will come into effect from January 2021.

In preparation, businesses are currently being advised of steps they can take to minimise disruption and take advantage of the new opportunities:

  1. Complete a short survey to get a personalised list of actions for you and your business, at GOV.UK: EU transition
  2. To stay up to date with any further changes, sign up to get government email alerts
  3. Plan ahead and take the steps needed to complete the actions and prepare your business for the new trading rules

If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can't find answers at GOV.UK: EU transition, you can fill out an enquiry form and an expert adviser will provide support: Department for International Trade enquiry form.

For information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) visit Department for International Trade.

End of the transition period - guidance for businesses

The government has published guidance to help businesses comply with regulations as the transition period ends. Visit GOV.UK: New and updated guidance for businesses regarding the end of the EU transition period.

There will be some differences between the rules for those businesses trading in Great Britain and those trading in Northern Ireland. The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is producing separate but complementary guidance to help businesses navigate what is expected of them. Visit GOV.UK: Product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021: Great Britain.

Advice for hauliers

The government has announced that 45 information and advice sites are now open across the UK. These are to prepare hauliers for the end of the transition period.

The sites will offer hauliers one-to-one training on the new procedures coming into place. Support is available in 13 different languages.

For information about the sites, visit GOV.UK: Haulier advice site locations.

Read the government news story about the sites: Hauliers get border ready with 45 new information and advice sites.

Guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers has also been published. This provides key information and advice on customs procedures, clearly setting out how hauliers can prepare themselves, their vehicles and their goods to continue travelling smoothly across the GB-EU border and help minimise disruption. This is also available 13 different languages.

To read the guidance, visit GOV.UK: Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers.

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