Brexit advice and information
As someone who lives or works in Cheltenham, you may wish to understand what Brexit could mean for you.
Following the referendum in June 2016, the UK government has begun the process of leaving the EU. This is due to happen on 31 October 2019. Negotiations are continuing on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. As Brexit moves forward we will update these pages as information becomes available.
Leaving the EU means there will be changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens. The government's Prepare for EU Exit website gives information on how to prepare and the steps you may need to take.
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
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.
The government's employer toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters to help explain the scheme to your employees.
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:
- a series of no deal guidance notices to offer advice on how to prepare if the UK and EU does not reach a deal
- a partnership pack to enable businesses to prepare and a web page with step by step guides on how to find what you need in the partnership pack
Advice for businesses
Information has been sent to all Cheltenham businesses with advice about preparing for the EU exit.
Information Commissioner's Office guidance on data protection if there's no Brexit deal.
Advice for local authorities on preparing for exiting the EU
The government has published guidance for local government Brexit preparedness. This includes advice on:
- statutory services
- regulatory services
- border areas
- supply chains
- data handling
- local partnership working
- regional and local growth
Advice for the voluntary and community sector
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has Brexit guidance and resources for voluntary and community organisations.