Basingstoke and Deane Brexit preparations and the transition period.
We have been working on Brexit preparations since January 2019 to identify what Brexit may mean for:
- The council as an organisation.
- For the council as a service provider and for front line services.
- For communities, businesses and partners.
This has involved working with staff, councillors, communities and businesses and a range of different public, private and voluntary and community sector partners.
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end at the end of 2020. New rules will come in from January 2021.
On this page
Since January 2019, we have had a communications programme in place to promote the EU Settlement Scheme as widely as possible and to encourage residents, communities and businesses to find out what Brexit and the end of the transition period may mean for them.
We have developed Brexit webpages to act as a signposting tool for residents and businesses at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/brexit. Partners are encouraged to spread the word through their organisations and customers, especially to those who are vulnerable and in need of assistance either applying to the EU Settlement Scheme or with any other aspect of Brexit changes.
We have also provided funding to Basingstoke and Tadley Citizens Advice to support residents in the borough affected by changes as a result of Brexit. In addition to support applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, the charity will provide guidance on employment rights and EU employees’ rights to stay, UK citizens living overseas and looking to return, and consumer concerns.
Since January 2019, we have been working intensively with businesses to understand their concerns and challenges. In partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, we have supported business events to help businesses to find out what Brexit and the end of the transition period means for their operations, imports, exports and workforce. We have produced a number of business bulletins which signpost companies to the advice and guidance they need and support available. These bulletins can be found at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/business-in-basingstoke-bulletin.
Preparing for Brexit and the end of the transition period
We have produced an impact assessment based on the three different elements of the project as above. These show the activity and preparation the council has undertaken. These impact assessments are updated continually as new information becomes available. The assessment shows that the council is well informed, and is taking positive, proactive steps to ensure that service delivery remains robust. An update report was presented to the council’s Cabinet which can be found at 10 September 2019 Cabinet Brexit update.
Work with partners
We are in close contact with Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum (LRF), key agencies in dealing with strategic, pan-Hampshire, sub-regional issues, essential supplies and community resilience.
Through all this, we have ensured it has the right partnership mechanisms in place to support a response to any issues that arise, or coordinate a response with partners where the issue falls within district council responsibility.
We are also in regular contact with Government through a number of different channels and will continue to update our webpages as more information becomes available.