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:
If you are an EU or Swiss national, you can apply for settled status:
The Government has created guides to help you prepare for our departure from the EU if you are:
- Travelling abroad
- Working in the EU
- Driving in the EU
- Studying abroad
- A UK national living in the EU
- An EU citizen living in the UK
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:
- How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021
- Export licences and certificates from 1 January 2021
- Webinars for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU
- The Border Operating Model
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.