Leaving the EU means there will be changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens. The "Get ready for Brexit" page, provided for by Central government, contains a number of checking tools which will help guide you through what may need to be done before the date of our departure. Checking tools have been published for:
- Businesses and the self-employed
- Those who are visiting the EU after Brexit
- UK nationals living in the EU
- EU citizens living in the UK.
The web page also 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. This will mean you can continue living 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
Find out more about 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.
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:
- Official Government database of guidance: this is a searchable guide that will tailor its results based on sector, general activity and the status of any employees in your organisation.
- Guidance leaflets: these cover general advice alongside more sector-specific preparations
Advice for businesses
See the following resources:
- Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Brexit hub: a range of news, information and checklists for businesses. Furthermore, there are now two Brexit Advisers working with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, who can be contacted by telephone on 01473 694803
- New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Brexit advice for your business: includes bespoke advice from government to businesses, funding opportunities, information for businesses from government and national business representatives.
- Government checking tool: this will offer guidance to your business or organisation after answering 7 simple questions.
- The potential implications of Brexit for Norfolk and Suffolk (PDF, 1.77MB): an economic analysis for Suffolk and Norfolk.
- "Get ready for Brexit" Business events: It has been confirmed that the government will be running events in the East of England to prepare businesses for Brexit. Exact locations and venues will be "announced soon".
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:
- Adult Social Care
- Schools and education providers
- Access to public services
- The EU Settlement Scheme
- Community engagement
- Business support
- Regulatory services
- Council employees
- Data handling
- Procurement (Deal or no deal)
- Contingency planning
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".