The UK left the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020.
A transition period is now set to run until 31 December 2020. During this time the UK has agreed to abide by EU rules. The UK aims to have agreed a deal on future ties by the end of this year.
Find out what you, your family, or your business need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU on the Gov.uk website.
Keeping up to date
The Mayor of London and London Assembly have a special website that provides information in 27 European languages on their EU Londoners Hub. It provides lots of information on all aspects of the UK’s exit from the EU.
EU Citizens’ rights
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. EU citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.
Registration under the scheme will mean that you will 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
You can find out if you should use the scheme using an online tool. You can sign up for email updates online.
Irish citizens do not 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.
EEA and Swiss citizens’ rights
The Government has announced that it has reached agreements on the rights of Swiss Citizens and Citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein which will also allow them to use the settlement scheme. These agreements are subject to ratification. The policy paper includes a statement on EFTA citizens' rights in the event of no deal.
Online guidance is provided at gov.uk. Telephone guidance is available from the EU Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379.
Landlords: There will be no changes to the right to rent for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members living in the UK until 31 December 2020. You should continue to follow current Home Office guidance on how to check a tenant’s right to rent.
In line with government policy, the Home Office will seek parliamentary approval to, at the end of the implementation period, end the UK’s participation in the free movement of people within the European Economic Area through the planned Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill. By ending free movement, EU citizens, EEA EFTA nationals, and Swiss nationals will become subject to immigration control.
Once free movement has ended, beneficiaries of the citizens’ rights part of the Agreements who have not yet secured leave to enter or remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme would no longer have a lawful basis to reside in the UK unless further provision is made.
UK Citizens can continue to travel to EU/EEA states on the same basis as now until the end of December 2020. In the event of no deal being reached in negotiations between the UK and EU this year, points to consider for travel to EU/ EEA after 31 December 2020 are:
- Passports: Guidance is that UK passports should be no older than 9 years and 6 months on the day of travel.
- Visas: Both the EU and UK have announced the intention to continue visa free travel for short trips to the EU.
- Driving licences: An International Driving Permit may be required.
- Vehicle Insurance: A Green Card may be required.
- EHIC cards: Access to reciprocal healthcare using EHIC cards may not be available.
Driving in the UK
EU and EEA driving licence holders will not require an International Driving Permit and can continue to use an EU/EEA car or motorcycle licence for up to 3 years after becoming resident or until the age of 70.
Businesses and employers
An Employer Toolkit is available to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.
There will be no change to the way EU, EEA and Swiss citizens prove their right to work until 1 January 2021.
From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:
- get an EORI number if you do not already have one
- decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you.
GDPR personal data
In the event of no deal there are potential impacts on international transfers of personal data, or for data hosted in the EEA. The ICO provides guidance on its website.