Preparing to exit the EU

West Sussex County Council has been working with a number of suppliers, partners, businesses and other local authorities to ensure that we are making the necessary preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU, despite the uncertainty around the eventual outcome and timescales.

We recommend that West Sussex residents and businesses undertake suitable steps themselves to prepare for the future.

Latest information on Brexit

How do I get more information on Brexit and leaving the EU?

West Sussex businesses and individuals will find comprehensive information on the government’s official EU Exit website.

The government’s website is being constantly updated and includes valuable information for EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU.

Advice for EU Citizens

Brexit advice for EU Citizens

If you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

The EU Settlement Scheme is open. If you meet the criteria, the deadline for applying is:

  • 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal

What if the UK leaves the EU without a deal?

In the case of no deal, the deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme will be:

  • 31 December 2020

You will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply.


If you would like face to face support to help you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can use the Government’s postcode checker to find what’s available in your area.

You can also search for contact email addresses and phone numbers.

Keep informed

If you're an EU citizen living in the UK you can sign-up for the Government's email alerts and keep informed.

Our preparations for Brexit

Regional arrangements

A regional network of nine local authority chief executives from across England was established February 2019 to engage with councils in their regions to share information on Brexit preparations.

West Sussex forms part of the South East region

East Sussex County Council is the lead authority for the South East region and their chief executive is acting as the lead contact for the region’s arrangements with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Local Health Resilience Partnership has also been developing contingency plans for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and West Sussex County Council and representatives from Government have been contributing to this work. Simultaneously, all chief executives and Brexit Lead Officers are being kept informed on national policy on Brexit that could have implications for local services, businesses and residents.

Our role

Local government arrangements for dealing with the EU Exit within in West Sussex are shared between the County Council and the District and Boroughs Councils, based upon our statutory roles and responsibilities.  Alongside our district and boroughs, we are taking all reasonable steps, in line with relevant guidance and messaging coming from the Government and its agencies, to prepare your county for our exit from the EU.  The Local Enterprise Partnership also has a role in relation to local businesses.

Preparing our services

Whilst the outcome of the EU Exit process remains uncertain, residents can be reassured that we have done, and are doing, everything within our power to plan for contingencies and to ensure continuity of our services and this is regularly reviewed as new guidance is issued from the Government.

Managing potential risks to our services

Our Executive Team, led by our chief executive, is managing any potential risks to service provision of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit. Where potential risks exist, mitigations are being considered or put in place as appropriate. Discussions and planning exercises have taken place around a wide variety of subjects and potential scenarios.

Further information

Updates on our preparations will be posted on these pages. Residents and businesses are reminded that they should always refer to the Government’s main campaign page for the very latest national updates. If you still have any questions regarding the impact of Brexit on you as a resident of West Sussex or a local business owner, please contact us.

More information

Impact of the UK leaving the European Union (EU)

Having visited the above websites, if you still have any questions regarding the impact of Brexit and the UK leaving the European Union (EU) on you as a resident of West Sussex or a local business owner, please contact us.

Where to sign-up for Brexit (EU Exit) updates by email

Please follow these links to subscribe to the latest EU Exit email updates and EU Exit research reports.

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