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Are you ready for Brexit?

Prepare for Brexit - link to Brexit information on website

The Government is indicating that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the EU on 31 October 2019. Across the UK, prudent planning has been undertaken in addition to routine emergency planning work to ensure we are fully prepared for Brexit.

As a council, Surrey has been planning to minimise the impact of any disruption, including the delivery of our services, signposting residents, partners and businesses to any advice, guidance and information they may need. This involves working with multi-agency partners to help keep Surrey safe, moving, and preventing and minimising any impact of disruption to communities, traffic and the environment.

Preparing for a 'Deal' or 'No Deal'

Regardless of the political events and developments, it is important that the council and its staff continue to provide services as usual, so we will continue to prepare for both a 'Deal' and 'No Deal' eventuality.

In regards to 'No Deal' specifically, we are following government advice around planning and are continuing to work with them and partners, including the Surrey Local Resilience Forum, to ensure the county and the council is prepared.

Additional information can be found on the Government Brexit website.

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.

GOV.UK has more information if you are a UK National living in the EU but outside of the UK.

The government has produced country by country guidance.

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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.

GOV.UK has more information if you are an EU citizen continuing to live in the UK after it leaves the EU.

Assisted Digital Support

You can get Assisted Digital support to use the EU Settlement Scheme online application form if you're in the UK and do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the form.

There are a number of Assisted Digital support locations throughout the UK, including Caterham and Godalming in Surrey.

Request Assisted Digital support

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For businesses and employers

Businesses should check they have the correct documentation and procedures in place to continue trading without any hitches once the UK has left the EU. This will apply to companies involved in any import or export activity to and from the EU. The farming community and agricultural businesses will need to check whether any special measures will apply to them surrounding animal movements, for instance, or other regulatory procedures.

The government has published guidance for Businesses in preparation for Brexit. Topics include:

Brexit bootcamps with Surrey Chambers of Commerce – are you ready?

Surrey Chambers of Commence are holding a number of free Brexit bootcamps throughout October. The workshops are completely free of charge to all businesses, will be extremely beneficial to businesses of any size and give attendees the opportunity to talk directly with experts in their field. Please bring any specific questions you have so that you can go away more prepared.

At the bootcamps, there will be stations where you can seek advice on International Trade, Legal Tax & VAT, Regulations & Data and People. Come and hear from sector experts about the most appropriate strategy to adopt, regardless of the outcome of Brexit.

Sign up now:

These events are part of the government-funded series of events through the Brexit Readiness fund.

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For Surrey County Council staff

Will Brexit affect/impact staff?

Some employees may be concerned about any implications regarding employment status. All of our employment legislation is UK law and therefore will continue as before. However we advise those of you who aren't UK citizens to apply for settled status, even though there are no proposed changes to the right to work arrangements for people who are currently living here until 2021.

Who is eligible?

The EU settlement scheme is applicable for all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport. It will also be open to non-EU family members who have a valid biometric residence card. The EU settlement scheme is made up of 5 steps and anyone can apply using any device, for example, a laptop, Android device or iPhone.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

How you can help as an employee?

We truly value our staff and want our EU workforce to remain in the UK after we leave, so we would really appreciate your help in making this happen by sharing this link to the application process for the EU settlement scheme with as many of your EU team members and colleagues as you can.

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Information about Brexit changes if you live in the UK

Topics include:

Further advice