Public Information Campaign
The government has launched a public information campaign to ensure that
UK citizens, businesses, civil society organisations, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU are well informed about how Brexit will affect them and the practical steps they will need to take to be ready.
The campaign is available at euexit.campaign.gov.uk and includes the latest advice and information. For instance, there is information on what to do if you receive EU funding as well as advice on preparing for a no deal Brexit.
Government is inviting feedback on this and welcomes any thoughts you may have on how to make the website more user-friendly for civil society stakeholders. The Cabinet Office has developed a very short survey where you can provide your views on the website which will influence any improvements. Please feel free to skip any questions that you do not feel apply to your organisation.
Settled Status Scheme
The settled status scheme is open to some EU citizens and their family members now. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019 and remain open until 31 December 2020 in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so there will be plenty of time for EU citizens to register. On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. For more information please review the Settled Status Scheme website.
Southampton City Council is piloting the scheme from now up to March offering an early opportunity to residents in the city who are EU citizens to register their intention to make an application for settled status (see the further information below). Further information, including info on the EU Settlement Scheme, can be found on SCC website: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/council-democracy/brexit.aspx
Data Protection in the event of a No Deal
Specific guidance has been published on data protection in the event of a no deal. The government’s technical notice on data protection and guidance for organisations on data protection has recently been published by the Information Commissioner’s Office. In a no deal scenario, the continued free flow of personal data between the EU and the UK is not automatic and the guidance sets out the actions UK organisations should take to enable the continued flow of personal data between the UK and the EU.