With the October 31 deadline for leaving the EU looming, residents, the voluntary sector and businesses are being urged to check whether they are ready for Brexit.

The County Council is following government advice and has been planning for some time to ensure we are prepared, working with multi-agency partners like the Police, NHS, Highways England and Surrey Chamber of Commerce to help keep Surrey safe, moving, and preventing and minimising any impact of disruption to communities, traffic and the environment.

There are an estimated 78,000 EU nationals living in Surrey who can apply free of charge for settled or pre-settled status. The step-by-step process is applicable for all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport. It is also open to non-EU family members with a valid biometric residence card. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Businesses and all relevant organisations should also check they have the correct documentation and procedures in place to continue trading without any hitches once the UK has left the EU. This will apply, for example, to companies involved in any import or export activity to and from the EU. The farming community and agricultural businesses need to check whether any special measures will apply to them surrounding animal movements, for instance, or other regulatory procedures.

The Government has launched its own information campaign Get Ready for Brexit which contains all the information for residents, families, businesses and organisations, ranging from what’s needed to take the family car on holiday to the EU, to a fact-checker for ex-pats living abroad. Additional information can also be found on the SCC website.