Find out what the EU Exit (Brexit) means for you and local businesses.
The United Kingdom ended its transition period with the European Union on 31 December 2020, entering a new relationship from 1 January 2021. We appreciate local people and businesses may be impacted by changes or face uncertainty from this new relationship.
East Renfrewshire is home to many residents from European countries that make a valued and important contribution to our area.
We hope that you feel that East Renfrewshire is a safe and welcoming environment for all, and appreciate you'll want to know as much as possible during this uncertain time.
EU citizens staying in the UK - your rights
The Scottish Government have commissioned JustRight Scotland to develop fact sheets about your rights to live, work, study and access healthcare, benefits and housing in Scotland.
EU citizens staying in the UK - EU Settlement Scheme
The EU Settlement Scheme was open for nationals from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to apply to protect their rights to stay in the UK.
The deadline for most people to apply for pre-settled or settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.
The Home Office have outlined some circumstances where you might still be able to apply. These include the following situations:
- you started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and you need to make a late application
- your family member has pre-settled or settled status and you want to join them in the UK
- you have a valid biometric residence permit or visa
Applications are made online and are free. More information, including further information on circumstances where you can still apply are on the GOV.UK website.
EU settlement scheme support
We Are Digital
We Are Digital are offering phone support from advisers. You may have to book a phone appointment with them.
We Are Digital can be contacted by phoning 03333 445 675 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
Citizens Advice Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland can provide impartial online advice, as well as a specialist helpline service.
Office of the Immigrations Service Commissioner
The Office of the Immigrations Service Commissioner (OISC) also have a search function that will help you find a local immigration adviser.
If you need support in applying for settled status, the Home Office have an online postcode search for local assistance, and a list of national organisations that may be able to offer help and support.
You may prefer the advice of a private solicitor, specialising in immigration. The Law Society Scotland's LawScot website allows you to search for 'immigration and asylum' solicitors by postcode.
Advice for businesses
Scotland's enterprise and skills agencies have developed a Prepare for Brexit website that offers a wide range of information and advice for businesses in preparing for EU Exit. It offers a self-assessment, events, resources and access to support such as grants.
Additionally, the UK Government website have produced guidance, podcasts and webinars to help guide businesses in preparing for EU Exit.
We offer a wide range of support for businesses. As laws, regulations and standards evolve for the trade of goods, as a result of EU Exit, our Trading Standards and Environmental Health services will play a crucial role. These services provide a wealth of information and support to businesses generally.
What we're doing
Our senior officers meet on a regular basis to analyse all risks associated with an EU exit to ensure we're as prepared as possible for outcomes that may arise.
Part of this process has included developing an EU exit risk register that identifies the risks we face and the steps we've taken to minimise its impact.
We also regularly meet with our partners, to ensure a joined up approach and to share key information.