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Prepare for Brexit if you live in the UK

The UK Government has published information to assist individuals prepare for EU Exit. The detailed information covers: 

  • Going and being abroad: Includes passports, foreign travel advice, pet travel and mobile roaming fees
  • Work: Includes workplace rights and working in the EU
  • Transport: Includes driving licences, vehicle insurance and flying to the EU
  • Environment: Includes environmental standards and food labels
  • Business and industry: Includes consumer rights, banking and selling online
  • Education, training and skills: Includes studying abroad and Erasmus+

There is different guidance available for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU.   


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Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU

If you are an EU citizen, you and your family members are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. 

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means you can continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme, including how and when you need to apply by visiting the GOV.UK pages: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

Who is eligible?

The EU Settlement Scheme applies to EEA and Swiss citizens. Irish citizens do not need to apply to the scheme to protect their rights in the UK, though they are able to do so if they want to.

When can I apply?

The EU Settlement Scheme is open and you have until 30 June 2021 (in the event of a no deal, this date will be 31 December 2020) to apply. Your rights will remain unchanged until then, provided that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 (in the event of a no deal, this will be the date the UK leaves the EU). 


If you have individual questions about your application, you can contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre by calling 0300 123 7379 from inside the UK or +44 (0) 203 080 0010 from outside the UK.

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.

Dover is an assisted digital service location and a home visit service is also available in the area.  

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice also has a webpage for European citizens on staying in the UK after Brexit: 


UK Citizens in the EU

The GOV.UK pages: UK citizens in the EU provides guidance by either choosing a specific country or checking the guidance for all UK nationals living in the EU

In addition, the Government has published a police paper outlining the UK Government's action to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the EU: Citizens’ Rights - UK nationals in the EU


The NHS has provided information and guidance on preparing to leave the European Union:

The Department for health and Social Care has published information on healthcare for UK nationals living in the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Area (EFTA), if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: 

The Department for health and Social Care has also published information on healthcare for European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) nationals living in / visiting the UK, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: 

Kent Resilience Forum

The Kent Resilience Forum has published information to help businesses and households 'Be Prepared' (not just for EU Exit). Documents include: 

Contingency planning for possible traffic disruption in Kent resulting from cross-Channel disruption and following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union

Checklist to help households be prepared for emergencies that can affect the county with little or no notice.

The way in which a business plans for and responds to events such as fire, flooding, vandalism, loss of utilities, etc., will determine how quickly and to what level a business can recover and thrive. 

Get email alerts

You can sign up for email alerts about EU Exit on all GOV.UK pages


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