Preparing for Brexit

The UK is set to leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019.

Coventry City Council has been working with partner organisations across the city and the region to make sure the city is prepared for Brexit, whatever form it may take.

Brexit will affect us all – individuals, community groups and businesses - and there is lots of advice out there to help make sure we are all ready for whatever happens on 31 October.

Here are a few ways you may be affected, and advice on how to prepare for when the UK leaves the European Union.

For more information, visit the Government website at www.gov.uk/brexit.

UK residents travelling to Europe or living in Europe

Individuals travelling to the EU: After Brexit,  individuals will need to check their passports, get travel insurance to make sure they are covered for healthcare and make sure they have the right driving documents. See how to prepare for Brexit.

UK Nationals in the EU for Work or Study purposes: Individuals should make themselves aware of the policies in their host country, and take any action required as outlined in the appropriate ‘living-in guide’ on GOV.UK.

Transport: The Government recommends that all citizens and businesses travelling to the EU should ensure that they have complied with all travel advice and have the necessary documentation and insurances. Travellers should also check with their travel operators and allow sufficient time in case of minor disruption.

Businesses

Businesses that trade with the EU are advised to be aware of possible changes to rules around exporting/importing goods to the EU, transporting goods by road, exporting animals or animal products and exporting services to the EU

Tax and Customs for parcels sent from abroad: The tax and duty rules will change for goods when they are sold and sent in parcels from overseas (this includes the EU, outside the EU and the Channel Islands). There will be different rules depending on the value of the goods in the parcel.

The following sites may be of interest:

EU citizens living in the UK

EU citizens in the UK: EU citizens should apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme now so that they and their family members secure their status in the UK.

EU Citizens coming to the UK after Brexit: Individuals and businesses should check relevant information on GOV.UK about the arrangements that will apply for EU citizens arriving after Brexit.

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. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

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 EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

View guidance in 26 European languages

Community groups

The Community Leaders’ Toolkit equips community groups with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.


Coventry City Council will continue to work with partners to make sure the city and its people are prepared for Brexit.

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