Suffolk County Council and the exit from the European Union (Brexit)

Find information and resources for residents, businesses, employers and the voluntary and community sector on preparing for Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme.

Leaving the EU means there will be changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens. Individuals and businesses can check what they need to do if there is no deal.

Tools have been published for:

  • Businesses and self-employed people
  • Those who are visiting the EU after Brexit
  • UK nationals living in the EU
  • EU citizens living in the UK

The government's official website has links to news, guidance, services, research and policy related to Brexit, along with a database of Brexit-related freedom of information requests.

EU Settlement Scheme

Advice for residents

If you are a European Union citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. Either one of these will let you continue living and working in the UK after December 2020.

The deadline for applications is:

  • 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal
  • 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

The application process can be completed on a smartphone app, which is now available on both Android and Apple phones. However, if assistance is needed, the Gov.uk website has a list of organisations that can help.

The Gov.uk website has more information settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families. You can also sign up for email updates about the scheme.

Advice for businesses and employers

The EU Settlement Scheme allows your employees and their close family members to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit.

Using the scheme will mean that they are eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions, and British citizenship if they want to apply and meet the requirements.

You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the scheme to your employees. It contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.

Advice for the voluntary and community sector, local authorities, partners and providers

The government has published community leader tool-kits, which contains materials that can be used to raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme. 

General advice for businesses, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector

Advice in the event of a no deal Brexit

The government has published guidance on the UK government's preparations for a no deal scenario. This includes:

Advice for businesses

See the following resources:

Advice for local authorities, partners and providers on preparing for exiting the EU

The government has published guidance for local government Brexit preparedness. This includes advice on:

Advice for the voluntary and community sector

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has Brexit guidance and resources for voluntary and community organisations. There is also the government-provided "Five ways civil society organisations can prepare for Brexit".