Briefing Note on Brexit
- It is becoming more likely that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) without a deal. We want to ensure that our businesses partners are prepared for such a situation.
- As a result of Covid-19 many of the types of disruption we expect to see as a result of Brexit have either happened, or have been planned for. We have already seen disruption to many of our supply chains and workforces, and as a result many of us have already updated our business continuity plans and risk registers. However, we now need to review these again to plan for the potential outcome of leaving the EU without a deal.
- We need our providers to complete the following actions:
- Review your business continuity plan(s) against the risks of a “no-deal Brexit”,
- Write to, or advise, the appropriate members of your workforce on how to apply for settled status should they wish to.
- To keep the council informed of any work that needs to be done, or advise if you are prepared for a “no-deal Brexit”.
If there is no trade deal by 31 December
- When transition ends on 31 December, the UK will automatically drop out of the EU’s main trading arrangements (the single market and the customs union).
- However, if a new UK-EU trade deal is not agreed in time then tariffs and border checks would be applied to UK goods travelling to the EU – under the rules of the World Trade Organization.
- The UK will also decide what tariffs and checks to impose on EU goods. Tariffs would make UK goods more expensive and harder to sell in the EU, while full border checks could cause long delays at ports. Failure to reach a deal would also result in the UK service industry losing its guaranteed access to the EU.
- Even if a trade deal is reached, it would not eliminate all checks – so UK businesses need to prepare. You can find more information as follows:
You can access the EU Transition Business Resource Hub (provided by London Business Hub) here.
The other issue is applying for settled status:
- EU nationals who do not have indefinite leave to stay in the UK need to apply for settled status to remain in the UK and work. The deadline for this application is 30 June 2021
- If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. You’ll be given either:
- Settled status
- Pre-settled status
You will not be asked to choose which you’re applying for. Which status you get depends on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply.
- Your rights will be different depending on which status you get, but you’ll be able to work in the UK, use the NHS for free, if you can at the moment, enrol in education or continue studying, access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them; and travel in and out of the UK.
- The EU Settlement Scheme has an application deadline, meaning that anyone who misses the cut-off to apply successfully for a post-Brexit status will be unlawfully resident in the UK.
- Government websites advise how to apply for settled status here. In addition, there are several organisations offering advice in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme that you can share with your workforce.
- If you need further support and guidance on this please contact us on CPbusinesscontinuity@croydon.gov.uk
Organisations offering advice
The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society specialises in face-to-face support (drop-ins and appointments) and an email support service for children. Various drop-in times to be arranged. In the interim please contact the office for further details.
Tel: 020 8989 0042
ADASS will reach out and help citizens with care and support needs who need to apply for EUSS.
Tel: 0207 072 7433
Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (The AIRE Centre)
At the AIRE centre we provide application workshops. We also run an advice line and offer online support to victims of abuse and trafficking, homeless people, children in care, Roma people, individuals in atypical and vulnerable living situations and complex cases.
Tel: 0044 207 862 5819
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
CORAM provides a specialised service which includes email support and complex case advice for cases involving migrant children or young people, families and carers.
Tel: 020 7713 0089
Community Renewal Trust
Community Renewal Trust specialises in welfare rights and in providing support to Roma migrants. They also provide face-to-face support. Drop-in service is available along with direct appointments.
Tel: 0300 365 0025
Citizens Advice Sutton
Citizens Advice Sutton offers a general service which includes face-to-face drop-in services, group sessions, community outreach, public awareness events. Drop-ins are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Tel: 0208 405 3552
East European Resource Centre
East European Resource Centre specialises in offering language support, digital outreach, face-to-face support, email support, project visits for Central and Eastern Europeans. Drop-ins are available.
Tel: 0044 20 8741 8067
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working in partnership with Here For Good, and in close cooperation with local authorities, and third sector organisations across the UK, with a particular geographic focus on three regions; Scotland, London and the South West of England, to deliver quality legal advice and practical assistance for applications, to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their non-EU family members, who may be in vulnerable situations, or in need of additional help to be able to access the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
Migrant Help provides a general service which includes face-to-face sessions. Call for appointments or drop-in.
The Refugee and Migrant Centre
The Refugee and Migrant Centre provides a general service which includes face-to-face support, IT support/ equipment and language support. Drop-in sessions available. Call to make an appointment.
Here For Good
Here For Good helplines provide legal advice to EEA citizens living in the UK and their family members.
Tel: 0207 014 2155 Monday: 09:30-11:30 Wednesday: 11:30-13:30 Friday: 13:30-15:30
Tel: 0115 964 4112