Brexit information for residents and businesses

The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, commonly known as ‘Brexit’.

More information on the 2016 EU Referendum and the result in the Scottish Borders is available in our Election Results section.

Our planning approach

Due to the ongoing uncertainty at a national level over the exact detail of the UK’s exit from the EU we are planning for all eventualities.

This planning is led by the dedicated Brexit Response Team, with oversight by our Corporate Management Team. Elected Members are also regularly updated regarding our Brexit plans.

We are working with partners and national organisations to ensure that we are as well equipped as possible, and take action where required, to minimise any potential disruption to our services and to the public generally.

General information

The UK Government has prepared a wide range of information online regarding Brexit for the public which should be your first port of call for general queries, covering:

The UK Government has also prepared guidance on how to prepare for Brexit in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

The Scottish Government has also launched an information page on Brexit which provides advice and links to further information.

We are focussing on the potential immediate and short-term impacts of Brexit, principally how they could affect our services, capacity to carry out our various responsibilities and also areas where we have a duty of care.

A comprehensive report on our Brexit planning was given to a meeting of the full Council on 29 November.

More specific information and advice for Borderers will be published on this page as and when that is available.

Information for businesses

Businesses in the Scottish Borders should prepare as fully as they can for Brexit.

At this time businesses are advised to make use of the online Brexit business planning tool delivered by Scottish Enterprise and partners. Further information for businesses is also available from the UK Government.

Businesses can also register their interest now in receiving more specific advice through our Business Gateway service, as and when there is clarity regarding the detail of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Information for non-UK EU nationals

The UK Government has an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK.

A ‘settlement scheme’ is proposed which will enable non-UK EU nationals to register to have the right to stay and work in the UK following Brexit.

The scheme will open on 30 March 2019 and remain open until 30 June 2021. The UK Government has indicated that the process will be free of charge.

More information and advice is available from the UK Government website.