We are working with other public sector organisations across Essex to plan for the EU exit (Brexit).

You can get the latest information on Brexit on GOV.UK

You can get information on how Essex residents and business can prepare for Brexit on the Essex County Council website

Information for residents

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK as you do now. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You do not need to apply to the settlement scheme if you have:

GOV.UK has issued guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if you live in the UK. This includes information on:

Information for businesses

The UK Government has a dedicated website offering advice and guidance to help businesses and organisations to prepare for when UK leaves the EU.

There is also an online tool you can use to find industry-specific information on preparing your business for Brexit.

You can also get advice on the BEST Growth Hub or Essex Chambers of Commerce website.

If you would like to speak to someone locally, about how your business can prepare, then contact BEST Growth Hub by email: or call 01702 417765 to speak to a Business Navigator who can signpost you to the relevant information for your business.

North Weald Airfield

Works are due to take place at North Weald Airfield, as part of the UK Government’s preparations for a no-deal EU exit.

The airfield is within the Epping Forest district but near to the border of Harlow and junction 7 of the M11. The works are required by HMRC to prepare sites for temporary customs use.

The work is scheduled to start the week of 23 September.

You can get more information on the Epping Forest District Council website