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.

Brexit Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is Southampton City Council preparing for Brexit

  • Southampton City Council is preparing for all potential outcomes of Brexit, including a no-deal exit. We are working closely with key partners involved in the Local Resilience Forum, who are leading on the wider preparations for the Hampshire region
  • The council is liaising closely with neighbouring authorities and engaging with a number of stakeholders in the city to consider a citywide approach to Brexit
  • Southampton City Council has also published an 'Update on Planning for Brexit’ Cabinet paper, which was released in October 2019 outlining all the actions we are taking to minimise disruption and make sure the city is prepared

2. Will Brexit affect the normal running of council services?

  • Southampton City Council services will continue as normal whatever the outcome of EU exit negotiations. In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal it is possible that some traffic disruption might be experienced, especially in the Portsmouth area linked to Portsmouth International Port
  • Southampton City Council is working closely with multi-agency partners, as well as planning for all scenarios to ensure that services are not disrupted. Any disruption to services will be communicated on our website and via social media

3. Will there be traffic disruption if we leave the EU?

  • Based on information received from the government, we are not currently expecting traffic disruption in Southampton as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU, however we constantly monitor traffic levels and flows in the city, and will take additional measures should they become necessary. We will also release extra information if needed via traffic information boards and via social media. For the latest travel and traffic information please follows us on Twitter - @scchighways

4. If there are traffic problems in Portsmouth, will that affect Southampton?

  • If the UK leaves the EU with no deal it is possible that there could be traffic disruption linked to delays at Portsmouth International Port. This is because Portsmouth it is a roll-on roll-off port and HGV exports from Portsmouth could be delayed because of additional border checks required
  • We are working closely with partners on Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s Local Resilience Forum and Portsmouth City Council to mitigate any traffic risks that result in the Portsmouth Area
  • Based on information received from the government, we are not currently expecting increased traffic in Southampton as a result of traffic disruption in Portsmouth but will closely be monitoring how the M27 is affected

5. I am an EU Citizen in the UK, what do I need to do?

6. I’m going on holiday – what do I need to know?

  • In the event of a no deal exit, on the day you travel your passport will need to have at least six months left and be less than 10 years old when you travel to EU countries. To start the passport renewal application process, please visit the government website
  • The EU have confirmed that UK citizens visiting the EU will not need a visa for short trips to the EU. You can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, or to work or study. GOV.UK information on visiting Europe after Brexit
  • The current EU healthcare arrangements are a benefit of EU membership and are subject to negotiation with EU Member states and EFTA states in a no deal scenario on that basis. UK nationals living in or travelling to the EU or EFTA states should check up to date information on GOV.UK and country specific guidance on www.nhs.uk and ensure they are taking the necessary steps to prepare

7. I’m planning a school trip to the EU – what do I need to know?

8. I’m a business – what do I need to do?

  • The government have up to date information for businesses on their website on how businesses can prepare for EU exit

9. I/someone I know rely on the CareLine service – will this still be operating?

  • There are no reasons to suggest that this service will be disrupted, and contingency plans are being put in place for all vital services in the event of disruption

10. Will my children who are EU nationals still be able to go to school?

  • Schools and local authorities cannot take into account nationality or immigration status when deciding which pupils to admit. There will be no change to this after the UK leaves the EU