Preparing for Brexit
On 23 June 2016 the decision was taken to leave the European Union (EU). On this page you will find information on the steps we will be taking to prepare for Brexit, as well as guidance on steps you can make ahead of the proposed exit day.
As we get more information about whether the UK will secure a deal, extend the transition period or enter into a no-deal scenario, we will continue to adapt our service and planning processes, and update this page in due course.
How is the council preparing
Despite the political uncertainty surrounding the manner in which the UK will leave the EU, we have been working closely with local and regional partners to make plans ahead of exit day. We aim to ensure that our communities are not adversely affected by the post Brexit changes and are able to take advantages of opportunities that may arise once the UK has left the EU.
We have been working closely with the Heart of the South West Growth Hub and Avon and Somerset Resilience Forum, local business and community groups and neighbouring local authorities to better understand the potential impacts of Brexit.
The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established a network of nine local authority chief executives from across the country to better engage at the regional level. The Chief Executive of Devon County Council, Phil Norrey, is the South West regional lead and so represents Mendip District Council. Through him we are able to represent our concerns directly into Whitehall.
Even with this collaborative preparation, much remains unclear. The best information currently available is through the government website, which we have signposted in the sections below.
How can I prepare?
The Government has put together many guides to help you prepare for our exit from the EU.
Use the links below to access them:
- Travelling and being abroad
- Workplace rights and working in the EU
- Driving abroad and flying to the EU
- Environmental standards and food labelling
- Consumer rights and data protection
- Studying abroad
How can I prepare my business?
Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.
The Heart of the South West GrowthHub has a Brexit Toolkit to help you understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.
Somerset Chamber of Commerce has produced some resources in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Government website has information on what you need to do if there is no-deal