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Preparing for Brexit

The decision was taken to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, with 57.2% of voters in South Somerset voting to leave.

On this page you will find information on the steps we will be taking to prepare for our exit, as well as guidance on steps you can make ahead of the exit deadline. 

As we get more information, we will continue to adapt our service and planning processes and update this page in due course.

  1. How the Council is preparing

    Despite the political uncertainty surrounding the manner in which the UK will leave the EU, we have been working closely with local and regional partners to make plans ahead of exit day. We aim to ensure that our communities are not adversely affected by the post EU exit changes and are able to take advantages of opportunities that may arise once the UK has left the EU. 

    We have been working closely with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum, local business and community groups and neighbouring local authorities to better understand the potential impacts of the EU Exit. 

    The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established a network of nine local authority chief executives from across the country to better engage at the regional level. The Chief Executive of Devon County Council, Phil Norrey, is the South West regional lead and so represents South Somerset District Council. Through him we are able to represent our concerns directly into Whitehall. 

    Even with this collaborative preparation, much remains unclear. The best information currently available is through the government website, which we have signposted in the sections below. 

  2. How can I prepare?

    On 5 September, the Government launched a new public information campaign 'Get Ready for Brexit'. This campaign sets out everything you need to know to prepare to leave the EU.

    All the information is available here

  3. How can I prepare my business?

    Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.

    For guidance most relevant to your business, visit this page

    For more general guidance, follow the links below:

    Exporting goods to the EU

    Importing goods from the EU

    Transporting good by road

    Exporting animals or animal products

    Exporting services to the EU

    Useful Business Events

    Tuesday 22nd October: Get Ready for Brexit Workshop, Bridgwater; 8:30am - 11:30am

    Wednesday 23rd October: Food & Farming Business Technical Workshop - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Nr Shepton Mallet; 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Thursday 24th October No Deals to New Deals - How to Navigate Brexit and Win New Business - Institute of Export and I-CAN Global, Plymouth; 9:00am - 1:00pm

    21 / 22 / 25 / 30 October HMRC - Get ready for Brexit Webinars; Various times

  4. I am an EU citizen living in the UK (EU Settlement Scheme information)

    If you are an EU citizen, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. 

    The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens and their family members to get the immigration status they need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means they will continue to be eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools, as well as public funds and pensions.

    There is lots of advice to be found on the .Gov website about applying for EU Settled Status. But here is some factsheets, provided by Government on the scheme:

    All Settlement Scheme guidance is available in 26 European languages. Visit this page to choose a language

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