Find out what the EU Exit (Brexit) means for you and local businesses.

East Renfrewshire is home to many residents from European countries that make a valued and important contribution to our area.

We hope that you feel that East Renfrewshire is a safe and welcoming environment for all, and appreciate you'll want to know as much as possible during this uncertain time. 

EU citizens staying in the UK

The EU settlement scheme provides further details about how EU citizens and their families can obtain settled status in the UK.

Applications are made online and are free.

Find out more about the EU settlement scheme on the GOV.UK website.

EU settlement scheme support

We Are Digital

We Are Digital are offering phone support from advisers. You may have to book a phone appointment with them.

We Are Digital can be contacted by phoning 03333 445 675 or by emailing They're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm and Saturday, 9am to 4pm.

Citizens Advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland can provide impartial online advice, as well as a specialist helpline service.

Visit the Citizens Advice Scotland website.

Office of the Immigrations Service Commissioner

The Office of the Immigrations Service Commissioner (OISC) also have a search function that will help you find a local immigration adviser.

Visit the OISC website.

Home Office

If you require support in applying for settled status, the Home Office have an online postcode search for local assistance, and a list of national organisations that may be able to offer help and support.  

Visit the Home Office website.

Advice for businesses

Scotland's enterprise and skills agencies have developed a Prepare for Brexit website that offers a wide range of information and advice for businesses in preparing for EU Exit. It offers a self-assessment, events, resources and access to support such as grants.

Additionally, the UK Government website have produced guidance, podcasts and webinars to help guide businesses in preparing for EU Exit.

What we're doing

Our senior officers meet on a regular basis to analyse all risks associated with an EU exit to ensure we're as prepared as possible for all outcomes.

Part of this process has included developing an EU exit risk register that identifies the risks we face and the steps we've taken to minimise its impact.

We also regularly meet with our partners, to ensure a joined up approach and to share key information.

Last modified on 5 October 2020

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