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The UK is currently due to leave the European Union at 11pm on 29 March 2019.
A UK Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU were endorsed by the European Council.
The House of Commons must vote to approve the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration before the Withdrawal Agreement can be ratified and enter into force.
The Government publish regular updated guidance on Brexit. You can sign up to these e-mail updates to get automatic notifications of anything new.
Government guidance on the settlement scheme is expected to be available online in all EU languages by 29 March 2019.
An introduction for communities toolkit is available now for community leaders to promote the settlement scheme as well as to bid for potential grant funding for community and voluntary groups to target services to support the scheme, particularly to vulnerable citizens and their families.
If you are an EU citizen, the Settlement Scheme allows you and your close family members to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit.
Settled status means you will remain eligible for:
The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.
You will need to register for the scheme online by 30 June 2021. You can sign up to receive updates by email.
A Government policy paper sets out the government’s intention in the event of no-deal:
Irish citizens don’t need to apply under the Settlement scheme. The Government has published guidance on rights of Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area, which are not dependent on UK’s future relationship with the EU.
The Government has reached agreements on the rights of Citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein allowing them to use the settlement scheme.
These agreements are subject to ratification. The policy paper, Citizens' Rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, includes a statement on EFTA citizens’ rights in the event of no deal.
Guidance on preparing to drive in the EU after Brexit is available on the GOV.UK website.
If the Withdrawal Act is ratified, UK Citizens can continue to travel to the EU states on the same basis as now until the end of December 2020.
In the event of no deal, points to consider for travel to EU/ EEA are:
The Government has produced an Employers Toolkit to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.
Federation for small businesses have provided information on the impact on Brexit for small business.