The UK has left the EU. Do you need to act?

The UK has left the EU and the Transition Period ended on Thursday 31 December 2020.

This means we have now left the single market and the customs union.

West Sussex County Council has been working with a number of suppliers, partners, businesses and other local authorities to ensure that the necessary preparations have been made and we recommend that West Sussex residents and businesses undertake suitable steps themselves to prepare for the future.


Latest information on Brexit

Where to find the latest information on Brexit

The best place for West Sussex businesses and residents to go for the most up-to-date information is the Government’s official UK Transition Hub. This contains: 

  • A transition checker tool, where individuals and businesses can get personalised results about the specific actions they need to take;
  • A list of upcoming webinars where businesses can sign up to receive direct support from experts;
  • The very latest news from the Government.


Advice for EU Citizens

Staying in the UK if you’re an EU Citizen

Check if you need to apply to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) if you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.


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.



Our preparations for Brexit

Our role

Local government arrangements for dealing with Brexit within West Sussex are shared between the County Council and the District and Borough 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.

The Local Enterprise Partnership also has a role in relation to local businesses.

Preparing our services

Residents and businesses 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. 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 official UK Transition Hub for the very latest national updates.

To find out if your business, family, and personal circumstances will be affected by Brexit, you can answer a few questions on the Government’s Transition Checker tool to get a personalised list of actions.

More information

Get in touch

Having visited the above websites, 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.

Sign-up for Brexit updates by email

Please follow this link to subscribe to the latest Brexit email updates.

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