Brexit

Newport VVP - aerial April 2017

We don’t yet know what the precise impact of Brexit will be on people living in Newport, on businesses operating in our city or on the public services we all rely on.

However, the council has been taking practical steps and considering mitigations to ensure the continued delivery of services in Newport.  

We are working closely with Welsh Government, the Welsh Local Government Association, neighbouring authorities and other organisations to ensure we are aware of the most up-to-date developments and put in place plans to protect the smooth running of our services. 

We will update this page as information on Newport-specific issues becomes available

"The UK and EU have agreed a further extension to the UK leaving the EU.

The UK will now leave the EU on 31st January 2020, but could leave earlier if both the UK and the EU approve and sign the withdrawal agreement." (see Gov.Wales)

If a transitional deal is not agreed, there may be significant implications for many areas of life in Newport and across Wales and the UK.  

The Welsh Government's Preparing Wales for Brexit website has information and advice for individuals, businesses and organisations covering all areas from business and the economy, health and social services, education, environment and agriculture to community cohesion and local services.

Business 

If you are a business owner or are responsible for Brexit planning, the Business Wales Brexit portal sets out the steps you should take to prepare your business for the potential impact of a no deal outcome.

It also provides contact details for support and advice services.

Businesses can also assess and improve their business continuity arrangements by using the business continuity guidance and self-assessment form.

Brexit Business Readiness events are being held across the UK where you can meet government advisers and find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare – find out more and register.

Communities

It is our priority with our One Newport public service board partners to support an inclusive city in which people from all backgrounds are welcomed.

If you are concerned about community tensions that may be caused by Brexit, for example hate crimes, please email equality@newport.gov.uk

EU citizens

If EU citizens want to stay in the UK they and their close family members will need to apply to the settlement scheme.

Welsh Government has announced a package of support to help EU citizens prepare for Brexit and continue to live and work in Wales.

Around 80,000 EU citizens currently live, work and study in Wales and many have not yet applied to the UK Government's Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after Brexit.   

Important information for EU citizens living in Wales

If you are an EU citizen, have EU staff or are recruiting from the EU, the Home Office has published advice on the EU Settlement Scheme.  

Travel

The UK Government has published advice for UK citizens planning to travel to the EU including advice about passports, travel, pet travel and mobile roaming fees.

We will update this page as our preparations evolve and further information on Newport-specific issues becomes available.