The UK leaving the EU

The Transition period

On 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules for living, working, travelling and doing business will come into force from 1 January 2021. You can check how to get ready for the new rules through an interactive tool on the government's website:

The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means you can continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools;
  • public funds and pensions; and
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply.

It is free to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021 and the scheme is open now.

EEA and Swiss citizens, as well as their non-EU family members, need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Even if you have lived in the UK for many years or you have a UK permanent residence document you still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can if you want to.

Non-EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 also need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future, as long as the relationship still exists.

The ID verification process

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need to complete an ID verification part of the process. This can be done using the Government's online app go to: - Using the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app  or going to an identity scanning location.

The nearest scanning (identity verification service) to Bury is the Manchester Register Office (Heron House, 47 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5LE) on a Thursday only. It is not possible to make an appointment in advance, but you can drop-in between 9am and 11am or between 1pm and 3pm.

Alternatively, you can use Trafford Council's ID verification service.

More information and useful links

EU Settlement Scheme information leaflets:

Citizens Advice Bureau guidance sessions:

Get help and advice at the Bury Citizens Advice weekly guidance sessions.

When: Thursdays, 10am to 1pm.
Where: St. John's House, 148 The Rock, Bury BL9 0ND.


Employers also need to verify that all of their employees have the legal right to live and work in Britain or they will face penalties. 

Bury Council's business website contains links to relevant information and guidance for businesses ahead of Britain leaving the EU. Go to:

Travel to Europe

Leaving the EU will mean changes to travel in Europe and the website has information about passports, driving abroad and overseas home ownership. Go to:

Racist or hateful speech

Leaving the EU has stirred passionate debate on both sides of the argument, which is welcomed. All we ask is for everyone to please be respectful of others at all times during this period.

Racist and hateful speech and hate crime has no place in Bury and there is support available on our website if needed.  

We will update the information on this page when we have more details on the process of leaving the EU.