Preparing local government for 1 January 2021

Guidance to help local councils get ready for 1 January 2021.

The UK has left the EU

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.

You can read about the transition period.

To support councils’ preparations for leaving the EU, on 3 August 2019 we announced £20 million of funding and a further £9 million of funding was made available for local areas on 21 August. This brings the total funding allocated by the government to help local areas prepare for leaving the EU to £77 million.

A network of 9 local authority chief executives from across England has been established to engage with councils in their regions to share information on their Brexit preparations. Each council has also been asked to appoint a Brexit Lead Officer to work with central government and local services, businesses and residents in their area to plan intensively for Brexit.

Health and social care

Access to public services

The EU Settlement Scheme

Community engagement

Regulatory services

Statutory instruments which have been laid and identified as having impacts on local authorities are listed on a separate page: EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 secondary legislation laid with impacts on local government. A full list of Brexit related secondary legislation can be found on the government legislation site. Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have produced guidance for councils on EU exit Secondary Legislation

Internal operations

Council employees




Contingency planning


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Published 28 January 2019
Last updated 13 August 2019 + show all updates
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