Brexit Checklist 1 : How will Brexit affect your EU workforce?

Date: 23/05/2018
Author: GMCC
Company: GMCC

Brexit Checklist 1: How will Brexit affect your EU workforce? 

In order to help businesses consider the changes that might happen following Brexit, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have developed a Business Brexit Checklist. This checklist aims to help companies at both operational and board levels.

Although the European Union and the UK have not yet reached a final agreement, there are a few steps that companies can already start undertaking to plan ahead.

Over the coming weeks we will be focusing on things to look out for to get your business ready for Brexit.

Number 1: Workforce and future skills needs 

Read what Pauline Puig from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce advises you to look out for with your EU workforce.

In July 2017 the UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union regarding citizen’s rights. This agreement provides certainty to EU nationals in the UK as it will allow them to stay in the country once the UK leaves the EU. Any EU citizens moving to the UK between 30th March 2019 and 31st December 2020 will also benefit from the same terms but will need to register if staying for longer than 3 months.

What happens after December 2020? Make sure, if you employ any EU citizens, that they are aware of the next steps to take!

After December 2020, any EU citizens who have been living in the UK for a minimum of 5 years will be able to apply for the new ‘settled status’ by 30th June 2021 and will benefit from the same rights they currently have. If they have been living in the UK for less than 5 years, they will be allowed to remain in the UK until they reach the 5-year threshold and will need to get a temporary residence status before being able to apply for the ‘settled status’. The same rules will apply to family members joining the UK before 31st December 2020. Whatever their situation, your EU employees will have to hold a settled status or a temporary residence permit to be allowed to remain and work in the UK. This should be a simple process and will cost no more than the cost charged to British citizens for a UK passport.

The details regarding what will happen for any EU citizens coming to the UK after 2020 are yet to be announced and are still being negotiated.

Are you worried about visas and immigration? Do you need support and advice? We will have an expert available for one to one meetings on 15th June to answer your questions. Find out more about our Meet the Expert event and our other 26 experts here.

If you have any questions, please contact Pauline Puig at or call 0161 393 4350.