Brexit

The UK has left the European Union (EU). 

The UK’s new relationship with the EU

On 8 June, the government published a new overview of what the UK-EU free trade deal means in practice now the UK has left the EU. This includes a broader guide to ‘life after Brexit’ with links to guidance on the range of actions businesses and citizens may need to take.

Businesses can also use the Brexit Checker tool, which will provide a personalised list of the most up-to-date actions that businesses need to take.

Information for businesses

If you move goods into and out of the EU, you will need to make customs declarations from 1 January 2021.

General support and advice

DEFRA business information

Help with new regulations

Information for residents

EU citizens living in the UK

The UK Government has reached an agreement with the EU which gives EU citizens living in the UK the right to live, work or get benefits. Family members living lawfully with their EU citizen relatives are also protected.  

Most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK.

Settled status

Those who already have five years’ continuous lawful residence in the UK will be eligible for settled status. Others will be able to remain in the UK to build up five years' continuous residence provided they apply for pre-settled status.

The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, though you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. You may be able to apply after this date if you're joining a family member in the UK.