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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.

We appreciate you'll want to know as much as possible during this uncertain time. We'll look to highlight relevant information about the UK leaving the European Union (EU), and regularly update this page.

The UK Government website has a wide range of information and advice, including a 'no deal' situation.

Additionally, the Scottish Government's MyGov website gives up to date information and guidance to help you prepare to exit the EU, including a 'no deal' situation.

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.

EU settlement scheme support

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 calling 03333 445 675 or by emailing

We Are Digital operate Monday to Friday 0900-1800 and Saturday 0900-1600.

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

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

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

Senior officers in the Council meet on a regular basis to analyse all risks associated with 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.