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EU Exit (Brexit) advice for businesses and residents

Webinars to support businesses before the transition period ends

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. The webinars will provide information on key actions for businesses in these sectors. Please note there is an issue when accessing using the Microsoft Edge browser. We recommend you use an alternative web browser to book on to these webinars.

In addition, there are webinars for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU including labelling.

'EU exit' (or 'Brexit') is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period. From 1 January 2021 new rules will apply to the United Kingdom.

The Government has been preparing for any outcome from EU exit negotiations and has been implementing a programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome. 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information

EU exit advice for businesses

The Government has designed this step-by-step Get ready for Brexit guide to help businesses prepare for EU exit and the potential 'no deal' scenario. 

You will need to prepare to continue trading with EU businesses.

Local business advice

If you run a local business and would like to speak to us about business planning for EU exit please contact the business support team us using the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page or calling us.

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has a variety of free training courses running in the coming months to support businesses with various aspects of the EU Exit.

EU citizens in the UK - advice

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information and to apply to stay in the UK 

EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.  

Leicestershire County Council is one of the local authorities that are providing a document scanning service for people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. 

This service is available to resident EU citizens with a valid EU passport, and to their non-EU citizen family members with a biometric residence card issued by the UK.

Read more about the Leicestershire County Council EU Settlement Scheme document scanning service

UK citizens in the EU - advice

The Government EU Exit web pages include advice specific to where you are living in the European Union. 

Prepare for EU Exit if you live in the UK

Visit the Government's EU Exit web pages for information on: 

  • Going and being abroad
  • Work
  • Transport 
  • Environment 
  • Business and industry 
  • Education, training and skills
Last updated 9 December 2020
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