Exiting the European Union – Brexit

The referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union (EU) was held on Thursday 23 June 2016 when 51.9% of voters across the UK chose to leave the EU.

Leaving the EU – or Brexit as it’s more commonly known – will mean a number of changes that will affect the lives of people living and working in South Ayrshire.

As you will be aware, the UK Government is currently working to negotiate a withdrawal deal that can be agreed with the EU and Parliament and that will include an agreed transition period.

The alternative is that we leave the EU without a deal – a ‘no deal’ scenario – if no agreement is in place by 31 October at latest.

Until there is a clearer picture on exactly what will happen when, this means we all have to be prepared for all eventualities. The Council is working closely with relevant partners to ensure we can be as prepared as possible and meet our statutory obligations.

The UK and Scottish Governments have produced useful guidance for people and businesses on how to prepare for the UK exiting the EU – including the no deal scenario:

The websites include dedicated information for businesses and individuals as well as details on specific subject areas. Both sites will be updated regularly as the situation moves forward.

More general information, news and announcements in relation to Brexit can also be found on the following pages, which are also updated regularly.

If you are an EU citizen living in the UK and want to know more about how you and your family can obtain settled status in the UK, visit the EU Settlement Scheme web pages.

There are also a number of other useful links with Brexit information, advice and guidance.