The Government has now launched the EU Exit public information campaign on television, radio and online.

Citizens and businesses can access key information for the campaign




Advice for residents

If you are a non-UK European Union citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to continue living in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme.  If your application is successful, you'll get either settled or pre-settled status (depending on how long you have been living in the UK).  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.  The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.

The deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021 - or alternatively the earlier date of 31 December 2020, should the UK leave the EU without a deal.  You can find out more and sign up for updates on the scheme

More information is also available on the Government's EU citizens' rights website  

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also published guidance for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals in the UK on access to social housing and homelessness assistance  in a 'No Deal' scenario.

You can also find HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) guidance on changes to deduction of tax on interest, royalties and dividends in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.


Advice for businessess/employers

The Government has published extensive advice on the steps that businesses and citizens may need to take to prepare for Brexit. Businesses and the wider public should visit to access the information they need.

The Government is also helping people and businesses prepare for a 'no deal' scenario. Action to date includes:

  • Publishing guidance for businesses on processes and procedures at the border in a 'no deal' scenario.
  • Contacting 145,000 businesses who trade with the EU, telling them to start getting ready for no deal customs procedures.
  • Advising hundreds of ports, traders, pharmaceutical firms and other organisations that use the border about potential disruption so they can get their supply chains ready.
  • Publishing a paper on citizens' rights, giving people clarity on their future.
  • Making £8m available to help private customs intermediaries and traders increase their capacity and train employees to prepare for a 'no deal' scenario.

The Government has also published an employer toolkit to give employers the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the scheme to your employees, and download the ready-to-use leaflets and posters.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published a collection of guidance for traders that are not registered for VAT  and what they need to do in a 'No Deal' scenario. They have also announced the extension of Transitional Simplified Procedures  for importing businesses


If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will implement a temporary tariff. This will be temporary, applying for up to 12 months while a full consultation and review on a permanent approach is undertaken.

This is a balanced tariff policy which aims to minimise costs to business and mitigate price impacts on consumers, while also supporting UK producers as far as possible. It mitigates significant adjustment costs for certain agricultural sectors, supports sectors exposed to unfair global competition, maintains our commitments to developing countries, and supports the strategically important automotive sector.

The temporary tariff delivers upon the Government's commitment to a rules-based multilateral trading system. The tariff will apply equally to imports from all countries with which the UK does not have a trade agreement or any other preferential arrangement. In a no deal scenario, this would include the EU.

This tariff regime does not affect UK import standards. The level of tariff does not change what can and cannot be imported. The Government is committed to high standards which will not be lowered in the pursuit of free trade deals and regulations being carried over in the Withdrawal Agreement.

The government has published guidance for businesses  on the temporary tariff regime.


Although leaving the EU with a deal is the objective, effective contingency arrangements are being put in place ahead of Brexit. These actions are required to maintain access to the products needed to deliver safe, effective care in any scenario.

The Department of Health and Social Care, working closely with trade bodies, product suppliers, representatives from the adult social care sector, the NHS in England, and the Devolved Administrations, has been making detailed plans to ensure the continuation of the supply of medical products to the whole of the UK in the event of a 'no deal'.

The Department of Health and Social Care has also published Brexit operational readiness guidance for the health and care system in England outlining actions that providers and commissioners of health and social care services should take to prepare for, and manage, the risks of a No Deal Brexit scenario.

The Government recognises the vital importance of medicines and medical products and is working to ensure that there is sufficient roll-on, roll-off freight capacity to enable these vital products to continue to move freely in to the UK.

The Government has also agreed that medicines and medical products will be prioritised on these alternative routes to ensure that the flow of all these products will continue unimpeded after 29 March 2019.

Food supplies

While the Government is making sensible preparations for all eventualities as we leave the EU, the Government is not storing food. Whether the Government negotiates a deal or not, this will not be necessary.

The British public currently enjoys access to a wide range of products when they shop and this will continue once we leave the EU. The UK has a high degree of food security, built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.  

It also has well established ways of working with the food industry to mitigate disruption, and these will be used to support preparations for leaving the EU. Consumers will continue to have access to a range of different products.

Extensive work to prepare for a no-deal scenario has been under way for over two years.


Most imported oil and fuels arrive at dedicated terminals and should not be disrupted by changes to border processes or delays at certain ports.

Transport, ports and borders

The Government wants to see cross-Channel traffic and goods continue to move as freely as possible. Government departments have been working to design customs and other control arrangements at the UK border in a way which ensures goods can continue to flow into the country, and won't be delayed by additional controls and checks. This work is proceeding well, and the UK has been clear that it will not impose additional controls and checks.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that flights and access for hauliers and passenger transport  between the UK and EU will continue whatever the Brexit outcome

Use of passports

In the event of 'no deal', new rules will apply when travelling on a British passport to many European countries and some people may need to renew their passport earlier than planned to ensure it is valid.

This will apply for travel to the 26 countries in the Schengen area.

There is a tool and guidance already online at GOV.UK  to check whether a passport is affected.

Specifically, under these new rules:

  • You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
  • If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport's expiry date, making it valid for more than 10 years. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.

If you hold a Crown Dependency (Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man) or Gibraltar issued British passport you'll also need to comply with the new rules.

For those who need to, the easiest, cheapest and most convenient way to renew is also online

Travel insurance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated their guidance on foreign travel insurance  with a section on the use of European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) after Brexit

Travel and health

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance on healthcare for EU and European Free Trade Area (EFTA) citizens visiting the UK in a 'No Deal' scenario.

DHSC also published healthcare advice for UK travellers  in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

Where can I find out more?

The Government has released a series of guidance notes  with advice on how to prepare should the UK and EU not reach a Withdrawal Agreement, and a partnership pack  to enable businesses to prepare.

More information about the UK's departure from the European Union  can be found on GOV.UK


Date: 18 March 2019

Updated: 26 March 2019