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Getting ready for EU Exit (Brexit)

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on free movement, 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. This date can be extended once by up to 2 years if the UK and EU jointly decide to do so before 1 July 2020.

While there is still a lot of uncertainty, we are doing everything we can to prepare people for whatever outcome is reached.

A cross-council team is in place to ensure that Luton’s communities are prepared and we have a dedicated Brexit lead with a direct link to the government to ensure we get updates and important information as it becomes available.

All such information will be added to this page as and when it becomes available.

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General advice

The government website contains advice for you, your businesses and EU citizens and their families living in the UK and UK nationals living in Europe. To find out more and to check on what you may need to do as a result of Brexit, please select the links below relevant to you.

If you have any queries please phone 0300 123 7379, (8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the weekend).

Sign up to government email updates

Travelling to Europe post Brexit

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EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

Settled status means you'll 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​

The EU Settlement Scheme helps eligible people settle in the UK after Brexit.

Apply for settled status

Who can apply? Citizens of:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

A partnership pack is available for community leaders to promote the settlement scheme.

Online guidance is provided at GOV.UK.​​ .

Irish citizens’ rights

EFTA citizens’ rights

The government has also produced the following videos:

Telephone guidance is available from the EU Settlement Resolution Centre (0300 123 7379).

If you need help applying for settled status please visit the selltment scheme.

Deadlines for applying for settled status

Get ready for Brexit - GOV.UK

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Advice for businesses

A checker tool is available on the Get ready for Brexit webpage so you can identify what you need to do to Get Ready for Brexit quickly.

The government has also published advice for preparing your business or organisation for the UK leaving the EU.​

Some key points and actions from this advice includes:

  • to export to the EU you need a UK EORI number
  • hauliers and commercial drivers need to obtain the right documents to ensure their cargo is not delayed at the border
  • vital support packages are available for businesses, such as grants and access to training

Brexit helpline

A helpline for traders and hauliers exporting to and importing from the EU is open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. The number to call is 0300 3301 331.


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Useful links

Useful links


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