Brexit information for Birmingham residents, workers and businesses

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is now in the transition period while the UK and EU negotiate arrangements. While trade, travel and business rules will remain the same until the end of the transition period, things may change on 1 January 2021.

Birmingham City Council’s Brexit Readiness Programme has been operational since September 2019 conducting continuous monitoring and impact assessment. This will continue during and after the transition phase.

It is important that citizens and businesses prepare for change and national advice and guidance is available.

EU Citizens

EU citizens and their family members are being encouraged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK when it leaves the EU. Applications are free and the scheme is open until 30 June 2021. Settled status for EU citizens will guarantee access to:

  • public services, such as healthcare and education
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship (which can be applied for at a later date)


There may be changes to how businesses trade with the EU so it is important to check government guidance. HMRC have extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021. Read more about import controls.

Travelling to the EU

After the end of the transition period, on 1 January 2021, things may change for UK citizens travelling to the EU, whether mobile roaming fees, driving or travelling with pets. Check government guidance before making your travel plans.

Buying things from Europe

Information around possible changes to consumer rights, making payments, and buying package holidays. Check government guidance for latest updates.

Studying in the EU after Brexit

UK citizens no longer have an automatic right to study within the EU 27 nations. Guidance is available for those who are considering studying in the EU.

Economic impact to the city and region

The city council needs to be prepared for any impact on the city and wider region and we are working alongside the regional Brexit Commission which oversees the work of a series of technical working groups, with local authority officers representing specialist areas such as adult social care, trading standards, environmental health, procurement and European funding. A detailed independent impact analysis summary and report can be found on our website.

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