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The UK is leaving the EU on 31 October 2019. Leaving the EU means there will be a number of changes taking place that will affect businesses, citizens, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. 

To find the latest guidance and information on what these changes are, how they could affect you, and what steps you can take to prepare, please go to


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On 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU): 

  • Nationally, the result of the referendum was that 17.4 million people (51.9% of the total) voted to leave the EU, and 16.1 million (48.1%) voted to remain.
  • In the Dover district, 40,410 people (62.2%) voted to leave and 24,606 (37.8%) voted to remain in the EU. 

The UK Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union in March 2017, triggering a two-year process of negotiations, culminating in the UK formally leaving the European Union on 29th March 2019 or at the end of any agreed extension or transition period.

When is the UK leaving the EU?

The EU and UK have agreed a further delay to Brexit until 31 October 2019. 

Boris Johnson became the UK's Prime Minister on the 23rd July. In his first speech as PM, he set out his intention ‘to fulfil the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the EU on 31 October, no ifs or buts’.

The Government has repeated it would prefer to leave the EU with a deal but, if it is not possible to negotiate a better deal, it will still leave on the 31 October without one and is making all necessary preparations to do so. 

What challenges and opportunities will EU Exit bring? 

1.     Potential Impact and Key Messages

  • Withdrawal from the EU involves a complex set of negotiations and there are still many uncertainties.These are our key Brexit messages 

2.     What are we doing?

  • As a small district council, our role is primarily that of facilitating and influencing to help minimize the impact of any potential disruption and make a success of Brexit. 

3.     Preparing your business for Brexit

  • Signpost to information and advice to help businesses prepare for Brexit 

4.     Guidance for Individuals

  • Advice and information for individuals on preparing for EU Exit

5.     Transport and Travel

  • EU Exit has the potential to cause disruption on Kent’s road network as traffic due to possible changes to the way people and goods cross the Channel via The Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel. 

6.     Links

  • Links to information on Brexit 



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