The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. We are now going through a transition period which will end on 31 December 2020. Until then everything remains the same. If you are an EU citizen you still have the same rights as before the referendum.

Useful Information:

UK Citizens

  • Visiting Europe after Brexit – from 1 January 2021
    Key points:

    • check your passport – it needs to have at least 6 months left and be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
    • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare (your EHIC may not be valid after Brexit)
    • check you have the right driving documents
    • organise pet travel – you need to contact your vet at least 4 months before you go

EU Citizens

Apply for Settled and Pre-Settled Status

If you are one of the estimated 3.6 million EU citizens who reside in the UK you must apply for settled status so you can continue living here legally once free movement ends.

If you have lived in the UK continuously for five years or more (and at least six months in each of the five years), you can apply for Settled Status. In the application process you will be asked to confirm your identity, provide evidence of the length of your stay in the UK and be asked to declare any criminal convictions.

If you have lived in the UK for less than five years by the end of December 2020, you will be able to apply for pre-Settled Status. Once you reach five years of continuous residence, you will then be able to apply for Settled Status.

Check your eligibility for Settled and Pre-Settled Status


  • 23 June 2016: an  EU referendum was conducted to decide whether the UK was to leave or remain a member of the European Union. The majority 52% voted to leave the EU.
  • 13 July 2016: Theresa May became the new Prime Minister after David Cameron stepped down.
  • 29 March 2017: Article 50 was submitted to the EU starting the two year process of Brexit, which involves deciding the terms of leaving the EU and negotiations for the future of UK and EU relations.
  • 18 April 2017: Theresa May announced a general election will take place on 8 June.
  • 8 June 2017: Snap general election was held. Conservatives won.
  • 29 March 2019: The UK was due to become independent from the EU. An extension was granted.
  • 12 April 2019: A further extension was granted.
  • 23 May 2019: European Parliament elections.
  • 24 May 2019: Teresa May announced she will step down as Prime Minister.
  • 23 July 2019: The new Prime Minister was announced.
    The Conservative Party members voted to determine whether Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt would be the new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.
  • 24 July 2019: Boris Johnson became the new Prime Minister.
    See BBC Reality Check for some insight into Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan.
  • 31 October 2019: The UK was due to leave the EU on this date. A further extension was granted.
  • 12 December 2019: Another general election was held. The Conservatives won (gaining a large number of new seats, therefore a stronger say in Parliament). Boris Johnson remains the Prime Minister.
  • 31 January 2020: The UK left the EU and a transition period began. The UK still must adhere to EU rules until the end of the transition period.
  • 31 December 2020: The transition period ends.
  • 1 January 2021: Talks are in progress to determine what will happen from this date.

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