Leaving the European Union

The UK left the European Union (EU) on the 31 January 2020. Since then it has been within a transition period that maintains most arrangements as they were before the UK left the EU. The transition period for the UK leaving the EU ends on 31 December 2020.

From January 1 2021 the UK will no longer be part of the EU's Single Market and Customs Union. The UK will automatically fall into World Trade Organisation terms unless a deal is agreed between the UK and EU before the end of the transition period.

Major changes will take effect on 1 January 2021 whether a trade deal is agreed or not. Free movement of people will end and businesses trading with the EU will have to follow new rules.

Please use the information below to find out how to prepare.

Applying for settled or pre-settled status

If you are a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family are able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Grants to help your business

The government is offering grants to help businesses with customs declarations.

Support for businesses

Advice for local businesses

Information and advice from Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

Advice on exports

The Export Academy from the Department for International Trade will help you grow your business by showing you how to sell to new customers around the world.

They are also offering a free six week programme for businesses in Yorkshire who are looking to take advantage of the huge potential that selling online presents.

More advice and guidance


Information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, covering right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new immigration system.

Information to help employers prepare for the UK’s new points-based immigration system.

Data protection

Guidance and resources to help businesses and organisations better prepare for data protection compliance if we leave without an adequacy decision.

Intellectual property

Information for customers and users of Intellectual property about how the Intellectual property system and the Intellectual Property Office will operate after the end of the transition period.

Food and drink logos

Information on legislation setting out new rules and logos to protect British food and drink.

Online support

Webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

Check to see if you're ready

Use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions.

UK visas

Advice on getting UK visas and sponsor licences to employ someone from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein to work for you in the UK.

More government advice

A range of resources and information from the government.

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