West Berkshire Council

Preparing to Exit the European Union (Brexit)

Information for residents and businesses ahead of the UK's Exit from the European Union

On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU).

On 29 March 2017 the UK triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon commencing the process of withdrawal from the EU, commonly referred to as Brexit. The UK is set to leave the European Union on 31 October, 2019.

See more key dates for the Brexit process.

Official up-to-date information can be found on Parliament's Brexit website.

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Preparing for Brexit

The Government have published a website where businesses and individuals (including EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU) can find up to date information about how to prepare for Brexit. To find out more, please visit the Prepare for EU Exit website

A new, national public awareness campaign, 'Get ready for Brexit' has been launched by the Government. At West Berkshire Council we are supporting this campaign and you will see this campaign shared on our social media channels, in our Council buildings and in our communities. 

Council preparations

We have taken early action to recognise and understand the local implications of Brexit and we are taking steps to reduce negative impacts and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

The council is continuing to evaluate and understand the potential local implications of a no deal EU Exit (Brexit). The council is taking a coordinated approach to planning by making sure that we work closely across teams and with external suppliers. This will ensure the continuity of services for businesses and residents. We are also in regular communication with wider networks to ensure efficient planning and response processes are in place.

Information for residents

The government has published official guidance for EU citizens

As a local council, we are unable to provide immigration advice. However, you can search 'find an immigration advisor' on Gov.uk to find an immigration adviser in your local area.

Applying for EU Settled Status

All EU citizens who live in the UK can apply for settled status if they have lived in the UK for more than five years or "pre-settled status" if they have lived in the UK for under five years. Irish citizens do not need to apply for settled status however non-Irish family members will still need to apply for settled status.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

The information is available in 26 different languages: Settled status for EU citizens and their families: translations

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal you will need to be resident in the UK by that date and will also need to apply for settled status by 31st December 2020. If the UK leaves the EU with a deal you will have until 30th June 2021 to apply. You will still be able to work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU and whilst you are awaiting the outcome of your settled status.  Currently the UK are due to leave the EU on 31st October 2019.

The Government has developed an online system enabling EU Citizens to provide proof to their employer that they have settled status.  The system is now live:

View and prove your settled or pre-settled status

You will need the following information:

  • details of the identity document you used when you applied (your passport, national identity card, or biometric residence card or permit)
  • your date of birth
  • access to the mobile number or email address you used when you applied - you'll be sent a code for logging in

More information is available from the Department for Exiting the EU website.

Information for businesses

The council works closely with a range of partners to ensure that West Berkshire businesses receive the best advice should they have any concerns. 

The Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership have put together information for businesses in relation to preparing for Brexit.. It offers offers a range of advice and resources for businesses to help them prepare for whatever outcome the ongoing negotiations bring.

There is advice to prepare your business for the EU Exit from the government.

HMRC has also released informational videos and leaflets about changes at the UK border you may want to prepare for, in case of a no deal Brexit.

Information for Education providers and Early Years and Child Care settings

The government has produced advice for schools on how to prepare for Brexit. The advice covers:

  • EU settlement scheme
  • right to work checks
  • European temporary leave to remain
  • school places after Brexit
  • European teaching qualifications
  • checking for EEA teacher sanctions or restrictions
  • travel to the EU
  • data protection
  • food supplies
  • medical supplies

The government has produced advice for further education and apprenticeship providers on how to prepare for Brexit.

Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests

On our Freedom of Information pages we provide more information about requests for documentation relating to our EU Exit (Brexit) preparations. 

EU Exit (Brexit) Preparations