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.
Use the links below to access them:
How can prepare my business?
Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.
Use the links below to help you understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready:
- Employing EU citizens
- Importing, exporting and transporting goods
- Operating a business in the EU
- Regulations and standards for products and goods
- Using personal data
- European and domestic funding
- Copyrights, trademarks and patents
- Energy and climate
- Public sector procurement
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.
Take part in an EU exit survey
The HotSW LEP, along with local authorities across the area, make up the Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group (BROG) which was established to identify the opportunities and threats of the EU Exit and help business embrace and address them. The group shares information and expertise; which is fed into LEP and local authority strategies and can be used to influence Government and other decision-makers.
It is running the Local EU Exit survey as below:
How leaving the EU will impact your business?
This survey will gather evidence about:
- The impact of exiting on businesses in the Heart of the South West area
- The preparations businesses are making for EU exit
- Types of support businesses feel they need to be best prepared
Heart of the South West Growth Hub https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/ is working in partnership with BROG to gather this information so that key messages can be drawn from the survey and fed to Government and decision makers to ensure businesses voices are heard.
The hub has also launched an EU exit site for business in Somerset.