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The transition period between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) is due to end on 31 December 2020 and businesses and public bodies will need to prepare for this.

This page will be our hub for all Brexit related information and will be updated regularly in the lead up to and following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

To find out more about the transition period including negotiations and announcements about policy changes as a result of the UK leaving the EU, visit GOV.UK’s main transition page.

Our preparation for Brexit

BCP Council, as part of Dorset Local Resilience Forum, has been working closely with the Port of Poole and emergency service partners to ensure there are robust plans in place so there is minimal disruption to residents and businesses following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. 

In addition, we are working with local business support partners including the Dorset LEPDorset Chamber of Commerce and Dorset Growth Hub to communicate and support organisations in their preparations for the end of the transition period.

Advice for residents

GOV.UK's page on how to prepare for the EU Exit if you live in the UKincludes information about:

EU nationals living in the UK

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

To check whether this applies to you, use GOV.UK's tool for EU citizens who wish to live in the UK after Brexit. You can also find out about the steps involved in achieving settled status.

Advice for businesses

It makes sense for businesses to prepare for different transition period scenarios. For advice for your business, just answer a few short questions at the UK Government’s business readiness website to help understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.

In addition to this, a local business support partner, the Dorset Chamber of Commerce provides information for businesses by sector on their website. You can contact them through the Dorset Gateway service on 01202 714800 for any transition period or other business queries.

BCP Council’s Economic Development team can also assist with signposting to the latest guidance, support organisations or other council services, please email if you have a query.

Trading with the EU after Brexit

If your business trades with the EU, you'll need to register online for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

To find out more information on trading with the EU:

Our Environmental Health Team are prepared to provide a Port Health Service at the Port of Poole if required.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce also provide export services to local businesses including documentation and customs compliance. You can find out more on the Dorset Chamber website.

Employing EU citizens

Support your employees through their application for settled status using the guide for employers with EU staff on GOV.UK.


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