Britain leaving the European Union (Brexit)

Transition Period

The UK leaves the EU on the 31 January 2020.

After 31 January 2020, there will be 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.


You, your family or your business can take some actions now to prepare for 2021. To find the latest guidance and information on what you can do now, please go to

You can also sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on GOV.UK: Transition Period E-mail Alerts  


Banksy Mural, Townwall Street, Dover

On 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU): 

  • Nationally, the result of the referendum was that 17.4 million people (51.9% of the total) voted to leave the EU, and 16.1 million (48.1%) voted to remain.
  • In the Dover district, 40,410 people (62.2%) voted to leave and 24,606 (37.8%) voted to remain in the EU. 

The UK Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union in March 2017, triggering a two-year process of negotiations, culminating in the UK formally leaving the European Union on 29th March 2019 or at the end of any agreed extension or transition period.

Additional Information 

1.     Potential Impact and Key Messages

  • Withdrawal from the EU involves a complex set of negotiations and there are still many uncertainties.These are our key Brexit messages 

2.     What are we doing?

  • As a small district council, our role is primarily that of facilitating and influencing to help minimize the impact of any potential disruption and make a success of Brexit. 

3.     Preparing your business for Brexit

  • Signpost to information and advice to help businesses prepare for Brexit 

4.     Guidance for Individuals

  • Advice and information for individuals on preparing for EU Exit

5.     EU Settlement Scheme

  • Information to help you continue living, working and studying in the UK. Includes links to FREE local advice and help. 

6.     Transport and Travel

  • EU Exit has the potential to cause disruption on Kent’s road network as traffic due to possible changes to the way people and goods cross the Channel via The Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel. 

7.     Links

  • Links to information on Brexit 


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