Brexit: Update on the EU Settlement Scheme


There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding plans to end freedom of movement after we leave the EU, as well as what this means for EU citizens resident in the UK.

The Home Office wants to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that they still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now.

Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

Further details can be found in the Home Office free movement factsheet, or you can contact the Home Office in writing by clicking here.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has prepared a very useful website on how individual businesses can prepare for Brexit – with a deal or without. If you haven’t yet visited this site – then do go to https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu. It takes just a few minutes to complete a quick survey about your business and details what is being done in each sector.