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'EU exit' (or 'Brexit') is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). 

The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 at 11pm UTC (midnight Central European Time), when the period for negotiating a withdrawal agreement will end unless an extension is agreed.

The Government has been preparing for any outcome from EU exit negotiations and has been implementing a programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019. 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information

EU exit - EORI number application 10 minutes

EU exit advice for businesses 

The Government has designed this step-by-step guide and an information pack  to help businesses prepare for EU exit and the potential 'no deal' scenario. 

You will need to prepare to continue trading with EU businesses in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.

Leaflets (available in English and French, and in other languages on request) and videos are now available to help you prepare for EU Exit, including actions businesses need to take to prepare in the event of a 'no deal' scenario. 

Preparing for a no deal EU Exit: 5 key areas businesses must be aware of

Watch an hour long video about 5 key areas UK businesses must be aware of to keep trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

The video covers:

  • Applying for an EORI number
  • Transitional simplified procedures
  • Preparing to make customs declarations
  • Entry summary declarations (also known as safety and security declarations)
  • Paying the correct import and export duty, and VAT

Local business advice

If you run a local business and would like to speak to us about business planning for EU exit please contact our Business Focus team.

Business Focus
businessfocus@nwleicestershire.gov.uk
01530 454 578 or 01530 454609

EU citizens in the UK - advice 

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information and to apply to stay in the UK 

UK citizens in the EU - advice 

The Government EU Exit web pages include advice specific to where you are living in the European Union. 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information.

EU Settlement Scheme 

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. 

Leicestershire County Council is one of the local authorities that are providing a document scanning service for people applying to the EY Settlement Scheme. 

This service is available to resident EU citizens with a valid EU passport, and to their non-EU citizen family members with a biometric residence card issued by the UK.

Read more about the Leicestershire County Council EU Settlement Scheme document scanning service

Prepare for EU Exit if you live in the UK 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web pages for information on: 

  • Going and being abroad
  • Work
  • Transport 
  • Environment 
  • Business and industry 
  • Education, training and skills
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