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 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.
A letter from Ken Skates was sent out to businesses across Wales on the 11 November providing information on what can be done to prepare, regardless of the outcome of talks, as well as information about the help and support that is available during the transition period. You can view the release here.
A letter issued by Michael Gove on 22nd September 2020, in relation to freight movements between the UK and EU at the end of the transition period, states that the biggest potential cause of disruption are traders not being ready for controls implemented by EU Member States on 1 January 2021. The info on ‘Reasonable Worst Case Scenarios’ referred to in the letter can be viewed here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If EU citizens want to stay in the UK they and their close family members will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The EU Settlement Scheme enables EU nationals living in the UK, and their family members, to obtain the UK immigration status they will require to live, work and study in the UK after Britain leaves the EU.
Applications to the EU Settlement Scheme must be made before 30 June 2021 or 31 December 2020 if there is a no-deal exit.
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.
Read about and apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
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.