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Preparing for Brexit

Preparing for Brexit

24 September 2019
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The UK government has launched a ‘Get ready for Brexit’ public information campaign to help ensure the general public and businesses are ready when the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019. Visit the government’s Get ready for Brexit website for all the details. 

Wokingham Borough Council’s preparation for Brexit

The Council has established an officer group of managers from across the authority to plan for BREXIT. This group is now meeting weekly in order to ensure the council is ready and can react quickly as the situation develops.

The range of subject areas being considered in its Business Continuity Plans includes:

  • Supply chain distribution
  • Staffing and recruitment from EU27 countries 
  • Data storage and access
  • Major Construction Projects
  • Policy and Regulation 

Information for residents

The government has issued guidance on how to prepare for Brexit.

You can find information on:

  • Visiting Europe - includes passports, driving and travel, European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), travel with pets and mobile roaming fees
  • UK nationals living in the European Union – continuing to live and work in an EU country after Brexit depends on the rules of the particular county.  This will include: register or apply for residency; check if you are covered for healthcare and register if necessary, check your passport
  • Buying things from Europe - includes consumer rights, making payments and package holidays
  • VAT on parcels - in the case of a no deal
  • Studying in the EU - includes Erasmus+ and other options for higher education study abroad
  • Family law disputes in the EU - includes divorce and disputes about parental responsibility or child maintenance


EU Citizens living in the United Kingdom

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

You should check if you need to apply to the government's settlement scheme (if you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland).

Business and Organisations

If you trade any goods or services with the EU you’ll need to get ready for Brexit.

For example, you need to take action if you:



Visit the government's prepare your business or organisation for Brexit webpage for more information.


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