Preparing for UK Transition (Brexit)

On 23 June 2016 the decision was taken to leave the European Union (EU). On this page you will find information on the steps we will be taking to prepare for Brexit, as well as guidance on steps you can make ahead of the proposed exit day.

As we get more information about whether the UK will secure a deal, extend the transition period or enter into a no-deal scenario, we will continue to adapt our service and planning processes, and update this page in due course. 

How is the council preparing

Brexit - UK TransitionDespite the political uncertainty surrounding the manner in which the UK will leave the EU, we have been working closely with local and regional partners to make plans ahead of exit day. We aim to ensure that our communities are not adversely affected by the post Brexit changes and are able to take advantages of opportunities that may arise once the UK has left the EU. 

We have been working closely with the Heart of the South West Growth Hub and Avon and Somerset Resilience Forum, local business and community groups and neighbouring local authorities to better understand the potential impacts of Brexit. 

The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) 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 Devon County Council, Phil Norrey, is the South West regional lead and so represents Mendip District Council. Through him we are able to represent our concerns directly into Whitehall. 

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Check the new rules from January 2021 and take action now.
If you are an EU citizen, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.