Preparing for the EU Exit
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, 31 October 2019.
As we get more information, we will continue to adapt our service and planning processes and update this page in due course.
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 in October 2019. 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.
How can I prepare?
The Government has put together many guides to help you prepare for our exit from the EU. You can view these online.
How can prepare my business?
Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.
Visit this page for help with understanding how leaving the EU may affect your business or organisation and what you can do to get ready.
The Heart of the South West Growth Hub has also issued advice for Somerset businesses which will be updated regularly.
I am a UK national living in the EU
The Government has offered this guidance for UK nationals living in a country that is part of the EU.
I am an EU citizen living in the UK
If you are a EU citizen and plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU, visit the Government website for information and guidance.
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.
The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.
The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
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.