Information regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit)
The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. This is likely to affect some areas of life in Argyll and Bute
It's still not clear what these effects will be. Despite this, the Scottish Government is working with the UK Government and public bodies to prepare for possible impacts on people and business in Scotland.
You may have questions about what Brexit means for you. You might have questions about the availability of medicines or food, or how EU citizens living in Scotland may be affected. The Scottish Government has published guidance on how new rules may affect you and your family via a new website. It provides information to help you prepare for Brexit, including a 'no deal' situation.
Advice for EU citizens
Argyll and Bute is home to residents from different European Union (EU) countries, all of whom make an important contribution to our area.
The UK Government has confirmed that EU citizens currently living in the UK will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to keep living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
EU Settlement Scheme
If you are an EU citizen living in Argyll and Bute and concerned about your right to reside in the UK under EU Settlement Scheme help is available.
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is an independent regulatory body who have registered advisers who can offer help and support. Get in touch on the OISC website
Additionally, the Scottish Government is also funding Citizens Advice Scotland to provide a support and advice service for all citizens affected by the EU Settlement Scheme. This service can be accessed through local Citizens Advice Scotland offices
The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. Applications to the Scheme are made online and you need to complete three key steps:
- Prove your identity
- Show that you live in the UK
- Declare any criminal convictions
Below are links to online information and support regarding the EU Settlement Scheme:
Advice for businesses
The UK and Scottish Governments have both provided guidance for businesses to help prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The websites below provide information about the risks, rewards and challenges of the new economic landscape by highlighting areas that you need to plan for. You will find information about resources, advice, events and services to help you develop your plans.
Scottish Government Brexit guidance at https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/
UK Government Brexit self-assessment tool at https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu