Prepare for Brexit

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.

Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. They will then start to negotiate new arrangements. There would be a transition period to prepare for new rules.

The UK could still leave with no deal if the withdrawal agreement is not approved by 31 January 2020, or at the end of a transition period.

To find out what you need to do to get ready and how to prepare go to: - Get ready for Brexit

The EU Settlement Scheme

The guidance also outlines what EU residents need to do in order to remain in the UK as part of the EU Settlement Scheme.  If you're a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status.

This will mean you can continue living in the UK after June 2021. If we leave with a deal, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status. If we leave without a deal, you will need to have been living in the UK by 12 April 2019 to apply and the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020. 

For information on who is required to apply for pre-settled or settled status go to: - Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

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.

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:

Visit the Bury Means Business website

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: - Passenger travel to the EU by air, rail or sea after Brexit

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.  

Get information about reporting a hate crime and support for victims of hate crime

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