The United Kingdom (UK) is leaving the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019. Leaving the EU means a number of changes which will affect businesses, organisations and individual citizens.
Get ready for Brexit. Answer a few questions to find out how you or your business should prepare for Brexit.
EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK after Brexit
If you’re from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you and your family will need to apply if you want to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021.
You can do this by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. This is a free scheme which enables EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, to obtain the status they will require in order to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021 (or after 31 December 2020 if there is a no deal exit).
Applicants only need to complete the following three key steps:
- prove their identity
- show that that they live in the UK
declare any criminal convictions.
UK nationals living in the EU and wishing to remain in the EU
Continuing to live and work in an EU country after Brexit depends on the rules in that country. For example, you’ll need to:
- register or apply for residency
- check if you are covered for healthcare and register if necessary
- exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live
- check your passport.
UK citizens travelling to the EU
If you’re planning to travel to the EU after Brexit, you should review the government’s travel information.
If you experience or witness any hate crime, please report the incidence to Surrey Police.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting the police, please report it via Stop Hate UK’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 138 1625, or you can download their app. If you wish to do so, you can report crimes anonymously.
Brexit advice for businesses
If you trade any goods or services with the EU you’ll need to get ready for Brexit. For example, you need to take action if you:
- export goods to the EU
- import goods from the EU
- transport goods by road
- export animals or animal products
export services to the EU.
Alternatively, you can contact our business liaison team.
Phone: 01483 743 487
Woking Borough Council services
We do not expect Brexit to cause any significant disruption to our services. We are working closely with Surrey Local Resilience Forum which is coordinating with Surrey local authorities and partners to prepare the county for Brexit. If you have any concerns about the impact on our services, please call 01483 755 855.