EU transition - get ready

This page summarises how we've prepared for Brexit and its related changes, and how we are preparing for the EU transition period along with information and links to other websites and resources which show how you can prepare.

We are working closely with all of our partners to assess what impacts there could be upon our residents and the wider community, and where possible we are taking steps to minimise these as much as possible.

How can you prepare?

The government has created a toolkit for preparing for the EU transition:

EU transition - get ready

If you are an EU or Swiss national, you can apply for settled status:

Apply for settled status as an EU citizen who wishes to continue to work in the UK

The Government has created guides to help you prepare for our departure from the EU if you are:

You can access information on consumer rights and data protection, as well as any other guides which may apply to you, on the GOV.UK website.

How is the council preparing?

We have continued to work closely with both local and regional partners to coordinate our plans pre- and post- exit day.

Our aim is to ensure that we seek to minimise impacts to our residents and businesses from the changes arising from the national exit plan, and that local businesses can continue to prosper following the exit, by taking advantage of new opportunities that may arise.

The government 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 Central Bedfordshire Council, Richard Carr, is the Eastern regional lead and acts as the North Hertfordshire District Council representative on this network.

The Council's lead officer for the EU Transition is Jeanette Thompson, Service Director: Legal and Community.

Make sure your business is ready for the change

The Government has created guides to help you prepare:

Lots of information on preparedness for the exit day for your business is available at the Herts Growth Hub and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

For regular updates on all things business support, follow @BbfaHerts and @HertsGrowthHub on Twitter.

How can your business prepare for new trading rules?

Businesses are being advised to take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will come into effect from January 2021.

In preparation, businesses are currently being advised of steps they can take to minimise disruption and take advantage of the new opportunities:

  1. Visit GOV.UK/transition and take a short survey to receive a personalised list of actions for you and your business to take.
  2. Sign up to email alerts to stay up to date with any further changes.
  3. Plan ahead and take the steps needed to complete the actions and prepare your business for the new trading rules.

If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can’t find answers at GOV.UK/transition, fill out the enquiry form and an expert adviser will provide support.

Further information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) can be accessed by visiting

UK Transition: Stakeholder toolkit for business communications

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a new stakeholder toolkit on EU Transition. This is organised by sector, and includes information on upcoming webinars that will help businesses to prepare. The toolkit also lists priority actions that can be taken now by businesses in different priority sectors to help them to prepare.

UK Transition Business Webinars: Prepare your business for new rules from January 2021

To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

Sign up to join a free webinar in October to understand the actions that your business needs to take before the end of the year.