Brexit transition period

The UK left the EU on 31 January. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

You, your family or your business can take some actions now to prepare for 2021.

Check how to get ready for the new rules

EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK

If you’re from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you and your family will need to apply if you want to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021.

You can do this by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. This is a free scheme which enables EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, to obtain the status they will require in order to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021 (or after 31 December 2020 if there is a no deal exit).

Applicants only need to complete the following three key steps:

  1. prove their identity
  2. show that that they live in the UK
  3. declare any criminal convictions.

Find out more and how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

UK nationals living in the EU and wishing to remain in the EU

Continuing to live and work in an EU country depends on the rules in that country. For example, you’ll need to:

  • register or apply for residency
  • check if you are covered for healthcare and register if necessary
  • exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live
  • check your passport.

Check your rights for the country you live in

UK citizens travelling to the EU

If you’re planning to travel to the EU, you should review the government’s travel information.

Read more about visiting the EU  

Consumer rights

Citizens' rights: EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU

Citizens' rights: UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area

Hate crime

If you experience or witness any hate crime, please report the incidence to Surrey Police. 

Report hate crime to Surrey Police 

If you do not feel comfortable contacting the police, please report it via Stop Hate UK’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 138 1625, or you can download their app. If you wish to do so, you can report crimes anonymously.

Transition advice for businesses

If you trade any goods or services with the EU, you’ll need to get ready for the new rules. For example, you need to take action if you:

  • export goods to the EU
  • import goods from the EU
  • transport goods by road
  • export animals or animal products
  • export services to the EU.

Read the government's transition business advice

Alternatively, you can contact our business liaison team.

Phone: 01483 743 487

Woking Borough Council services

We do not expect Brexit to cause any significant disruption to our services. We are working closely with Surrey Local Resilience Forum which is coordinating with Surrey local authorities and partners to prepare the county for Brexit. If you have any concerns about the impact on our services, please call 01483 755 855.

Find out more about Surrey County Council and Brexit