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Preparing to leave the EU (Brexit)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union in 2019. Leaving the EU could mean changes for businesses and individuals.

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UK Nationals living in the EU

Until the UK leaves the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU and UK nationals retain their legal status as EU citizens. As a UK national, there will be no change to your rights and status if you live in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.

More information if you are a UK National living in the EU but outside of the UK

EU Citizens in the UK

If you are a European Union citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status in the UK. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after December 2020.

More information if you are an EU citizen continuing to live in the UK after it leaves the EU

EU citizens and their families will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. EU settlement scheme

For residents

The government has prepared further advice on specific topics, including:

Education, Training and Skills - Including information for Erasmus students

Environment - Includes environmental standards and food labels

Going and being abroad - Includes passports, foreign travel advice, pet travel and mobile roaming fees

Transport - Includes driving licences, vehicle insurance and flying to the EU

Work - Includes workplace rights and working in the EU

For businesses and employers

The government has published guidance for business in preparation for Brexit. Answer a few quick questions to get advice specific to your industry.

South Tyneside businesses should also check the North East Growth Hub Brexit Toolkit for relevant advice.

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