Brexit and EU Settlement Scheme information for residents and businesses

The United Kingdom has left the European Union (EU), commonly known as Brexit, following the result of a referendum held in 2016.

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme enables EU nationals to register to stay and work in the UK. It is open until 30 June 2021.

You must apply before the scheme closes if you wish to remain in the UK.

Information and support, included translated materials, is available from:

The EU Settlement Scheme application process is online.

Help and support

Anyone needing help with the EU Settlement Scheme may be able to access support locally through Citizens Advice Bureau by emailing [email protected] or phoning 07500 973652.

Digital support for those that do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online form can only by accessed through a national referral process.

To access this support:

  • phone: 03333 445675
  • text the word “VISA” to 07537 416944

This service is available Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

Information for businesses

If you have employees from the EU, please download the Stay in Scotland Guide for Employers. A toolkit including posters and leaflets is also available.

Free support for businesses to continue trading after Brexit can be found on the Prepare for Brexit website.

A grant is available for small and medium sized business new to importing or exporting which could help with up to £2k for training or professional advice. The SME Brexit Support Fund is available for firms with up to 500 employees and no more than £100m annual turnover.

General information

The UK Government has prepared a wide range of information online regarding Brexit for the public and businesses, including on visiting the EU after Brexit.

The Scottish Government has also developed an information page on Brexit which provides a wide range of advice and links to further information.

More information

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