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Luton Borough Council

04/12/2020 - Make sure you're ready for Brexit

The United Kingdom has already left the European Union but is currently in a transition period during which EU rules still apply in this country.

This will end on 31 December 2020 after which our relationship with the EU will change and new rules will come into operation.

Whatever the outcome of the continuing negotiations between the UK government and the EU these changes will have significant implications for Luton businesses, the public and voluntary sector.  Luton residents and communities, not least EU nationals, will also be affected.

It is vitally important that everyone is aware of the impact these changes will have on their lives – from the way companies may have to do business to holiday travel in the future.

All the information you will need can be found on the government’s website at www.gov.uk/Brexit. You will be asked a number of questions intended to highlight the specific actions you might need to take, depending upon your circumstances and intentions.

Some residents and businesses may well need further clarification or advice and local tailored support is available. Residents will be able to get remote support completing their EUSS application from Citizen’s Advice Luton and people who are homeless or vulnerably housed can get help with their EUSS application from NOAH whilst businesses can seek answers to their specific questions from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and SEMLEP’s Growth Hub.

Luton residents in particular should be aware in particular that if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. If you need help applying for settled status, contact Citizens Advice Luton on 0344 245 1285.

If you intend to travel to and from the EU for whatever reason, you will need to make sure you have valid documentation and be prepared for possible disruptions.

Businesses that import and export to the EU will need to be aware of the new regulations involved in trading and hauliers and drivers must have their documentation in order to avoid delays at borders.

SEMLEP has a toolkit to assist business in their preparation and they can be contacted on 0300 01234 35.

Councillor Hazel Simmons, MBE, leader of Luton Council, said: “Leaving the EU after 40 years membership will inevitably lead to many significant changes for residents and businesses. I want to assure everyone in Luton that the council is ready for the end of this transition period. We are in constant touch with the government to receive the latest developments and have been working hard in the past few months to ensure our communities are prepared.

“Luton is a town that has benefitted immeasurably from those who have come to us from other nations around the world and I want to assure everyone living here that you remain a vital and important part of who and what we are. If you need to take steps to ensure you are able to stay and continue contributing to our wonderfully diverse town, please make sure you apply for the settlement scheme now.

“Luton will always welcome people with ambition, drive and commitment to its community – wherever they come from.”
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