Preparing for Brexit
Kent Resilience Forum to stand down no-deal Brexit plans
The Kent Resilience Forum received official notification from the government to stand down contingency planning for a 'no-deal' Brexit in preparation for the UK leaving the EU on 31 January 2020.
The multi-agency forum worked closely in partnership with the government to prepare for a range of potential outcomes in the event of a no-deal Brexit, including travel disruption on Kent’s roads.
Contingency plans were in place to ensure that the M20 motorway in Kent could be kept open to traffic and that disruption for Kent residents, businesses and other road users was kept to a minimum in a worst-case no-deal scenario.
A package of measures, referred to as Operation Brock, was developed in partnership with the Department for Transport and Highways England, aimed at improving the resilience of Kent’s road network to the effects of potential cross-channel disruption. This includes the installation of a steel barrier to create a contraflow system on the M20 motorway in March 2019, designed to keep the road network open in both directions.
The Kent Resilience Forum was advised that the revised outlook for potential disruption from cross-channel disruption affecting the strategic road network had dropped to a level that the Operation Brock barrier could be removed and work to remove started on 13 January 2020.
Following 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. KRF partners will continue to work together to support communities and businesses in Kent and Medway with any preparations throughout this period.
What you can do now
Local communities and businesses are encouraged to find out what preparations they may need to put in place to be ready for Brexit.
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
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 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Advice for EU residents living in the UK
The Home Office released guidance on Leave to Remain and the rights of EU citizens after Brexit.
Kent County Council also has guidance on the European settlement scheme.
Even if your organisation does not have an up-to-date business continuity plan, it’s advisable that you run through business continuity processes in preparation for Brexit. Guidance is available on our business advice pages.
Check your business continuity plans to mitigate possible changes.
Consider any risks to changes to your supply chains.
Consider any changes to tariffs and arrangements for export and imports of goods and services.
Further help for businesses
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Brexit hub
Kent County Council Brexit business guidance
HM Revenue and Customs guidance to help preparations with Brexit
The Department for Education (DfE) issued several sector notices on Brexit preparation for the following education providers:
Page updated 31 January 2020