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.

Online Application Help for the EU Settlement Scheme and UK Visa assisted digital support in South Ayrshire

Carnegie Library, Ayr and the Marr Educational Resources Centre, Troon are equipped to provide digital support to EU citizens living in South Ayrshire to assist EU citizens and their families with their application for Settled Status.

Bookings should be made via We Are Digital, not directly with the above centres. To find out whether you or someone you know can get help using a computer or device to make an EU Settlement Scheme or visa application call 03333 445675. Lines are open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday. You will be asked a few questions about the kind of assistance you need and if appropriate an appointment will be made for you at the Centre that is most convenient for you.

The Royal Mail is preparing for Brexit with or without a deal. Whatever the outcome their dedicated Brexit page at https://www.royalmail.com/brexit provides advice and guidance on exporting items once the UK has left the EU.

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