Leaving the European Union

The exact date of when the UK is planning to leave the European Union (EU) is still undecided. While political discussions are continuing the government has launched a website so residents and businesses can prepare as best they can for when we leave.  

The guide also outlines what EU residents need to do in order to remain in the UK as part of the EU Settlement Scheme.  If you’re a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status.

This will mean you can continue living in the UK after June 2021. If we leave with a deal, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status. If we leave without a deal, you will need to have been living in the UK by 12 April 2019 to apply and the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020. 

Information on who is required to apply for pre-settled or settled status can be found on the Gov.uk website

Trafford is one of the local authorities supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to complete the ID verification part of the process. More information about this can be found on our European settlement service web page

Employers also need to verify that all of their employees have the legal right to live and work in Britain or they will face penalties. 


Trafford Council’s business website Invest in Trafford contains links to relevant information and guidance for businesses ahead of Britain leaving the EU

Travel to Europe

Leaving the EU will mean changes to travel in Europe and the Gov.uk website has information about passports, driving abroad and overseas home ownership.

Racist or hateful speech

Leaving the EU mean has stirred passionate debate on both sides of the argument, which is welcomed. All we ask is for everyone to please be respectful of others at all times during this period.

Racist and hateful speech and hate crime has no place in Trafford and there is support available on our website if needed.  

We will update the information on this page when we have more details on the process of leaving the EU.