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Find out what the EU Exit (Brexit) means for you and local businesses.

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.

We appreciate you'll want to know as much as possible during this uncertain time. We'll look to highlight relevant information about the UK leaving the European Union (EU), and regularly update this page.

The UK Government website has a wide range of information and advice, including a 'no deal' situation.

Additionally, the Scottish Government's MyGov website gives up to date information and guidance to help you prepare to exit the EU, including a 'no deal' situation.

EU citizens staying in the UK

The EU Settlement Scheme gives further details about how EU citizens and their families can secure settled status in the UK.

Applications are made online and are free.

Digital support

If you need digital support to apply for settled status, this can be given through pre-booked appointments at libraries across East Renfrewshire. Please note that you must make a booking to have an appointment; but we can travel to any East Renfrewshire library to support you.

Bookings should be made via We Are Digital and not with libraries / East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure. To do this you can phone 0333 445 675 or text 'VISA' to 07537 416 944. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Other available support

The Citizens Advice Scotland can give impartial online advice, as well as a specialist helpline service.

The Office of the Immigrations Service Commissioner (OISC) also have a search function that'll help you find a local immigration adviser.

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.

What we're doing

Senior officers in the Council meet on a regular basis to analyse all risks associated with EU Exit to ensure we're as prepared as possible for all outcomes. 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.


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