Preparing for EU transition
Kent Resilience Forum planning
The Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) is working closely with its partner agencies and Government departments, including the Department for Transport, HMRC and Defra to plan for the the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
While a level of uncertainty remains on the outcomes of UK and EU negotiations, current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.
The KRF continues to develop its contingency arrangements to deal with any disruption on Kent's road network from 31 December 2020.
Our priority remains to ensure that the road network in Kent is kept open and that disruption for local residents, businesses and other road users is kept to a minimum, keeping people safe and the county moving.
Local partners are working together to plan a traffic management system that will best fit with sites available from the Government for freight parking and checks.
Plans includes the deployment of a ‘quick moveable barrier’ that can be installed swiftly and safely on the M20 by Highways England; new regulations to enable compliance and enforcement, ensuring port bound freight only uses permitted routes; and permits to help local hauliers heading across the channel to reach the ports.
KRF partners will continue to work together to support communities and businesses in Kent and Medway with preparations throughout the next few months of the transition period.
The Forum is also planning for a wide range of other contingencies, including the welfare of vulnerable communities and winter weather.
What you can do now to prepare for the end of the transition period
It is important that residents, businesses and hauliers take action now and get ready for changes to border control and customs arrangement rules when the UK leaves the EU single market, and make sure they are ‘border ready’ to minimise potential disruption.
Whether you will be travelling to see family, heading to work or transporting vital goods around the country after 31 December 2020, you should visit www.gov.uk/transition to ensure you know what to expect and have the right documents when heading to the border.
The government’s “Check, Change, Go” checker tool will help people and businesses identify all the necessary steps they need to take to be ready for the 1st January.
Local communities and businesses are encouraged to find out what preparations they may need to put in place to be ready for new rules from January 2021.
UK residents planning to travel to the EU
UK citizens should check their passports, as they may need to be renewed earlier than planned to ensure they are valid for travel in the EU.
If you are planning to drive in the EU please check whether you need to apply for an international driving licence.
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued guidance on healthcare for UK residents visiting the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland during the transition period.
Advice for EU residents living in the UK
The Home Office released guidance on Leave to Remain and the rights of EU citizens after 31 December 2020..
Kent County Council also has guidance on the European settlement scheme.
Keep updated with the latest local travel information on Twitter:
Kent County Council Highways: @KentHighways
Highways England South East: @highwaysseast
Port of Dover: @PoD_travelnews
Southeastern Railway: @Se_Railway