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Getting ready for EU Exit (Brexit)

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on free movement, trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

A deal with the EU is currently topic of negotiations, but failing that a no deal situation is becoming real. We are doing everything we can to prepare Luton for whatever outcome is reached.

Deal or not, new rules will take effect on 1 January 2021. The UK government has announced new rules for border control, immigration and travel to EU countries, and for businesses that trade with the EU.

A cross-council team is in place to ensure that Luton’s communities are prepared and we have a dedicated Brexit lead with a direct link to the government to ensure we get updates and important information as it becomes available.

All such information will be added to this page as and when it becomes available.

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General advice

The government website contains advice for you, your businesses and EU citizens and their families living in the UK and UK nationals living in Europe. To find out more and to check on what you may need to do as a result of Brexit, please select the links below relevant to you.

If you have any queries please phone 0300 123 7379, (8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the weekend).

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Sign up for email alerts about Brexit from GOV.UK.

Email updates about Brexit

These alerts will include information about Brexit including:

  • negotiations
  • announcements about policy changes as a result of Brexit?

The government has also published advice on other things such as:

  • buying from Europe
  • passports
  • driving and travel
  • EHIC cards
  • pets
  • mobile roaming fees

For more information, please visit the prepare for Brexit if you live in the UK webpage.

Follow the government's advice to check if you or your business are ready for Brexit.?

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EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. Irish citizens don't need to apply under the settlement scheme.

Settled status means you'll remain eligible for:

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

The EU Settlement Scheme helps eligible people settle in the UK after Brexit.

Apply for settled status

Who can apply? Citizens of:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

A partnership pack is available for community leaders to promote the settlement scheme.

Online guidance is provided at GOV.UK. .

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Irish citizens don’t need to apply under the settlement scheme. The government has published guidance on rights of Irish citizens under the common travel area, which are not dependent on UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The Government has reached agreements on the rights of citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein allowing them to use the settlement scheme. These agreements are subject to ratification.

This policy paper? includes a statement on EFTA citizens’ rights in the event of no deal.

The government has also produced the following videos:

The ways an applicant can prove their identity.​

Download the EU Settlement Scheme presentation

Five top tips on using the EU Exit ID Document Check app. Be aware that the process has started with a deadline of 30 June 2021

Download the EU Settlement Scheme presentation

Telephone guidance is available from the EU Settlement Resolution Centre (0300 123 7379).

If you need help applying for settled status please visit the settlement scheme.

You have to apply by 30 June 2021.

Get ready for Brexit - GOV.UK

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Advice for businesses

A checker tool is available on the Get ready for Brexit webpage so you can identify what you need to do to Get Ready for Brexit quickly.

The government has also published advice for preparing your business or organisation for the UK leaving the EU.?

Some key points and actions from this advice includes:

  • new import rules will apply for declaration goods. Note that until July 2021 a new system will be phased in
  • to export to the EU you need a UK EORI number
  • hauliers and commercial drivers need to obtain the right documents to ensure their cargo is not delayed at the border
  • vital support packages are available for businesses, such as grants and access to training

Brexit helpline

A helpline for traders and hauliers exporting to and importing from the EU is open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. The number to call is 0300 3301 331.

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Useful links

Useful links

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