EU transition

The Withdrawal Agreement

The UK and the EU have agreed on an exit deal. Both the UK and the EU need to ratify the withdrawal agreement by 31 January 2020.

There will then be an implementation period until 31 December 2020 while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements.

You, your family or your business can take some actions now to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU.

Planning for EU transition in Barnsley

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

Information for residents

Staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen

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

Check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Living and working in the EU

Living and working in an EU country after EU transition depends on the rules in that country.

You may need to register or apply for residency. You should check that you’re covered for healthcare.

You may also need to exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.

Check what you need to do to stay in the EU.

Prepare your business for EU transition

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

There’s also lots of information on GOV.UK to help you to understand how EU transition may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.

Keeping up to date

You can find lots of information about EU transition on GOV.UK.

You can also sign up to the government's email alert service to get the latest information.

Frequently asked questions

How are you planning for EU transition?

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

How much has been spent on preparations and planning for EU transition?

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 EU transition may affect these.

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

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 EU transition?

We are not, and not currently planning to, stockpile in relation to EU transition. 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 EU transition?

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 EU transition on our borough. We have a strategic risk register and strategy which enables us to monitor and mitigate key risks. EU transition is part of these and the risks are reviewed on a regular basis. We’re also an integral part of the South Yorkshire Resilience Forum looking at the impacts of EU transition 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 were carried out by organisations involved in your Local Resilience Forum to help prepare for a no-deal EU transition?

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 EU transition to help share the learning.

How much extra funding did you receive to deal with and prepare for a no-deal EU transition?

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