Leaving the European Union

The UK left the European Union on January 31, 2020 and is now in a transition period. The government has launched a website so residents and businesses can prepare as best they can for when the transition period finishes. This includes advice for Trafford residents who are EU citizens and people from Trafford who want to continue living working in an EU country.

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. 


Our business website, Invest in Trafford, contains links to relevant information and guidance for businesses ahead of Britain leaving the EU. The GOV.UK website also contains advice for businesses that export and import goods to and from 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 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.

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