Brexit and you

Brexit process and planning

The Withdrawal Agreement

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a “flexible extension” of the Brexit process until 31 October 2019. The extension can be terminated if a withdrawal deal is agreed.

The Government is proposing to leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019, whether a deal is reached with the EU or not. While efforts to reach an agreement with the EU continue through September and October, preparations are being made for a no-deal exit. 

Keeping up to date

You can find lots of information about Brexit on the Government's website

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Planning for Brexit in Barnsley

We’re working on local and regional planning for Brexit. We’re part of the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF), a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others.

The LRF is planning to mitigate any disruption that may be caused by Brexit and has issued a Preparing for a No Deal Brexit report, which will be updated on a regular basis.


Information for residents

There’s lots of information on the Government’s website to help you to understand how Brexit may affect you and your family, and what you can do to get ready. It covers:

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Guidance for EU citizens living in the UK

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

Check your rights for the country you live in.

Guidance for UK nationals living in the EU

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).

Check what you need to do to stay in the UK


Prepare your business for Brexit

Our Enterprising Barnsley service offers information and support to businesses around Brexit.

There’s also lots of information on the Government’s website to help you to understand how Brexit may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.


Frequently asked questions
- Brexit and Barnsley

How are you planning for Brexit?

We’re working on local and regional planning for Brexit. We’re part of the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF), a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others.

The LRF is planning to mitigate any disruption that may be caused by Brexit and has issued a Preparing for a No Deal Brexit report, which will be updated on a regular basis.

How much has been spent on preparations and planning for Brexit?

Our current planning and preparatory work has mainly been undertaken within existing budgets so there’s been limited direct spend so far. To date, £10,000 has been spent on delivering international trade training sessions for local businesses so they can gain an understanding of exporting arrangements, customs procedures and how Brexit may affect these.

How many extra members of staff have been hired to prepare for Brexit?

No additional people have currently been employed. The planning and preparation has been carried out within our existing resources.

Are you stockpiling goods to prepare for Brexit?

We are not, and not currently planning to, stockpile in relation to Brexit. We will, of course, be reviewing our services and supplies of goods and/or materials on a regular basis to look for any emerging risks.

How many care service providers have contacted you to warn you about issues with delivering their services, related to Brexit?

As of 7 October 2019, our social care commissioners have currently raised no concerns about delivering their services.

How will you deal with any risks to adult social care services?

While no specific concerns have been raised by adult social care providers locally, we’re closely monitoring all potential impacts of Brexit on our borough. We have a strategic risk register and strategy which enables us to monitor and mitigate key risks. Brexit is part of these and the risks are reviewed on a regular basis. We’re also an integral part of the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum looking at the impacts of Brexit on the region as a whole.

In addition, ADASS has been co-ordinating regional responses in terms of readiness of the Adult Social Care market regionally and nationally. We have been in regular contact with our local providers to share the latest information and to ensure providers have their own contingency planning in place.

How many training exercises have been carried out so far by organisations involved in your Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to help prepare for a no-deal Brexit?

We undertake a number of LRF exercises throughout the year which help prepare all agencies to deal with all forms of emergency or critical incidents. We have engaged with a number of regional exercises as well around Brexit to help share the learning.

How much extra funding have you received to deal with and prepare for a no-deal Brexit?

We have received in the region of £300,000 in support of Brexit.