Southampton and Brexit

On this page you will find links to useful information to help you, as someone who lives or works in Southampton, understand what Brexit might mean for you.

You can find useful information for individuals and businesses, including UK nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK, on the government's Prepare for EU exit website.

Advice for residents

If you are a non-UK European Union citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to continue living in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme. If your application is successful, you'll get either settled or pre-settled status (depending on how long you have been living in the UK). You may be able to stay in the UK without applying, for example if you're an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain. The EU Settlement Scheme is now open and you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on GOV.UK. This guide is also available in 26 European languages. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

Southampton Registration Services are offering additional help with the new scheme for those applying for settled status and pre-settled status. We can support you in your application by scanning and verifying your passport or biometric residence permit for you, before you apply online. The scheme is open to all EU citizens and their families. For further details and to apply please visit the Southampton Registration Services webpage.

The deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021 - or alternatively the earlier date of 31 December 2020 should the UK leave the EU without a deal. You can find out more and sign up for updates on the scheme. More information is also available on the Government's EU citizens' rights website.

On 21 January 2019 the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

Advice for businesses/employers

The Government has published an employer toolkit to give employers the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the scheme to your employees, and download the ready-to-use leaflets and posters.

A ‘No deal’ Brexit: The Government has also released a series of guidance notices with advice on how to prepare should the UK and EU not reach a Withdrawal Agreement, and a partnership pack to enable businesses to prepare.

More information about the UK's departure from the European Union and preparing for Brexit can be found on GOV.UK.