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.
EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK
The EU Settlement Scheme protects the rights you currently have in the UK including access to healthcare, benefits and pensions. If you’re an European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
If your application is successful, you’ll get either 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status.
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
You may be able to stay in the UK without applying. For example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have 'indefinite leave to remain'.
The application process is free and you need to complete the following three key steps:
- prove your identity
- show that that you live in the UK
declare any criminal convictions.
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.
UK citizens travelling to the EU
If you’re planning to travel to the EU, you should review the government’s travel information.
If you experience or witness any hate crime, please report the incidence 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.
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.