People and communities Brexit guidance

The transition period for the UK leaving the European Union ended on 31 December 2020. New rules now apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe.

The government has created a tool that allows you to get a personalised list of actions for you, your family, and your business.

For information specific to our region, the Great Manchester Combined Authority has further information.


The government has advised that all non-UK EU citizens must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure their rights are protected once the transition period is over.

The government has provided translated documents explaining the process in various languages. 

If you, your friends, family or neighbours are from the EU, then please apply or advise people to apply to remain in the UK. This affects people from the following places:

  • The European Union
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme - the deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

Watch a video about how to apply and another about the government's app to help with identification during the application process.

Sign up to receive email updates on the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Citizens Advice Bureau can also give further advice.


There are new rules for doing business with the EU. A Business Support Helpline can help you identify the actions you need to take - call 0800 998 1098.

The government has issued guidance on the following:

The government is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. View the webinars.

The Business Growth Hub has a dedicated website offering guidance, including: 

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce can also give advice, including: 


Manchester has tens of thousands of EU citizens living, working and studying in the city. We want everyone that lives here to continue to feel welcome and to have their rights protected.

Manchester’s great strength is its diversity. 

We are proud of what has been achieved by our communities and, as our Equality Objectives 2016-20 report says, we aim to maintain and build on our city’s openness.

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