Get ready for Brexit

The UK is leaving the EU on 31st October 2019 and you should make sure you have a “no deal” Brexit plan for you/your business. I will be gathering together any information that comes my way on no deal preparations and put it on this page for anyone who may find it useful. If you have any questions or queries please get in contact, or visit my 'Brexit Matters' page which may have further information. 

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Check what you need to do as:

  1. businesses and organisations

  2. individuals and families

Businesses and organisations

Businesses and self-employed

If you trade any goods or services with the EU you’ll need to get ready for Brexit.

For example, you need to take action if you:

Find out how to prepare your business for Brexit

Individuals and families

Visiting the EU after Brexit

Check what you need to do to visit the EU

For example, you’ll need to:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance to make sure you are covered for healthcare
  • make sure you have the right driving documents
  • get a health certificate for your pet, as UK pet passports will no longer be valid in the EU (contact your vet at least 4 months before you travel)

UK nationals living in the European Union

Check your rights for the country you live in

Continuing to live and work in an EU country after Brexit depends on the rules in that country.

For example, you’ll need to:

  • register or apply for residency
  • check if you are covered for healthcare and register if necessary
  • exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live
  • check your passport

EU citizens living in the United Kingdom

Check what you need to do to stay in the UK

For example, you should check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme (if you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland).

See Also

Brexit Matters

In response to questions raised with me regarding Brexit I have sought clarity from a variety of sources including the Attorney General and the House of Commons Library, an impartial and independent body that provides detailed analysis to aide MPs in their Parliamentary duties.


Prepare your farming business for a no-deal Brexit

The UK will leave the EU on 31 October. This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes, including if a deal is agreed.
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Derek to support motion for a general election

Last night I voted with the Government and Boris Johnson to keep a no deal Brexit on the table. I am not in favour of leaving the EU without a deal, but I believe that keeping that option open is a key part of our negotiations with Brussels.  

“No Deal” new business readiness fund

I recently received the following letter from Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, outlining a £10m fund available to businesses to help prepare for Brexit. Guidance and an online application form can be accessed here: