The UK left the European Union (EU) single market and customs union on 31 December 2020 and this will affect many people and businesses.
Visiting the EU after 31 December 2020
You can check what you need to do on the government's visiting Europe from the 1 January page.
Continuing to live in the UK if you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
You and your family usually need to apply for settled status to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020 if you’re from the EU (except Ireland), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
You can see what you need to do on the government's continuing to live in the UK if you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen pages.
We want our EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families to know that they are very welcome in North Yorkshire and are a very important part of the cultural and economic vitality of our county as well as valued members of our communities and workforce.
Applying for settled status requires access to a compatible phone or tablet to scan your identity document yourself. If you don’t have access, you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned for you.
Living and working in the EU after 31 December 2020
You can see what you need to do on the government's UK nationals working and living in the EU pages.
Advice for businesses and self-employed people
If you trade with or in the EU, you must follow new arrangements. You can find out more from the government on:
- exporting goods from Great Britain to the EU from 1 January 2021
- import goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021
If you employ any EU, EEA and Swiss citizens you should make them aware of their right to stay in the UK and support them to apply for apply for settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme.
The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has published guidance for businesses who import and export on their website.
The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has also created a dedicated area on their website offering advice to businesses around brexit.
To reduce any impact on our local communities and our services, we are working closely with partners and the government to understand the various risks and to ensure that everyone is prepared.
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