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The UK originally planned to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, but parliament did not agree on an exit process within this time. The EU then agreed the UK could extend their membership of the EU until May 2019 to give the UK time to agree an exit process. In April the UK requested a further extension and the EU agreed a flexible extension of article 50 so the UK will now leave the EU on or before 31 October 2019. The planned departure date is 31 October 2019, but if parliament agree an exit process before this the UK can leave the EU earlier. 

Many of Brent residents are European, and leaving the EU will affect almost all residents in some way or other.

The government has introduced the EU settlement scheme. This scheme means that European residents who register can keep the rights they currently enjoy. We have tried to answer some of the questions we think you might have. We will endeavour to keep these up to date if anything changes, and have included direct links to the government website which will always have the most up to date information.

If you have any questions about the EU settlement scheme, please get in touch with us:

Apply to the EU Settlement scheme now

Below are key questions which you may wish to read before applying.

Previous events

We partnered with City Hall so the Mayor of London's Brexit bus came to Willesden Green on Monday 1 April, providing free advice and guidance to our EU Londoners.

On 27 March 2019 Brent Council held an event for EU citizens to find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme, where attendees put questions to our experts, and spoke to other people who are going through the application process. Many questions were asked at this event and the answers are contained in the FAQs on this page, and in other useful links at the bottom of this page. If you have a question and cannot find the answer on this page, please do email

  • Download the presentation from the evening.

Brent Council had an event for members of the community and voluntary sector called Time to Talk Brexit, which took place at Brent Civic Centre on Monday 14 January 2019. It informed residents about the EU settlement scheme.

This event was part of the Council’s wider Time to Talk campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues like this one and work together with partners to tackle them.

EU settlement scheme frequently asked questions

What happens if there is no deal?

The UK Government has confirmed that this scheme will go ahead for EU citizens who are living in the UK by 31 March 2019 regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal, or with no deal.

I have indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence – what do I do?

You have to register with the EU settlement scheme. There are benefits in registering with the scheme outlined in the Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families page.

Who can apply?

Any EU citizen living in the UK.

When can I apply?

The scheme is now fully open and you can apply straight away.

When do I have to apply by?

You have to apply by 30 July 2021.

I am an Irish EU citizen, what about me?

The UK has an older relationship with Ireland that pre-dates the EU. There are treaty rights which means that Irish Citizens have more rights than other EU citizens and retain these rights. You therefore do not need to apply under the settlement scheme.

I am from Norway, Iceland, Leichtenstein, or Switzerland. What about me?

The UK has reached an agreement to protect the rights of the individuals with these countries, enabling them to work, study and access public services and benefits as now. The Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement and Explainer has more details about the agreement with Switzerland, and the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement and Explainer details the agreement with the other countries.

How do I apply for the EU settlement scheme?

You can complete the application form online from any device (link here), or on an android device through the app. Search for EU exit in the play store and download the app EU Exit: ID document checker. The app does not work on apple devices.

If you only have apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) you have three options:

  • you can use a friend's android device to verify your documents, or
  • you can book an appointment at Brent's Nationality and Registration service. This will cost between £14 and £24, or
  • you can send your original documents to the Home Office by post.

How much does the EU settlement scheme cost?

Nothing. On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019.

What do I need to provide for the EU settlement application?

You will need

  • proof of your identity,
  • proof of your UK residence
  • your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU,
  • criminal convictions (this will be decided on a case by case basis, but if you have a minor offence you are likely to be accepted)

How will the proof of identity work?

You can scan your identity document using an android device, or by post. Alternatively you can book an appointment at Brent Council’s registration service (or an alternative provider) to scan your document. (You do not need to live in Brent to use this service). This service will cost up to £24.

How will the criminal convictions work?

If you have committed a minor crime, for example, a speeding fine you will be still be eligible. Other crimes will be decided on a case by case basis. If you have been to prison in the UK, you’ll usually need at least 5 years’ continuous residence from the day you were released to be considered for settled status.

How do my children apply?

Your child can apply for themselves, or you can apply for them. You'll be able to link your child's application to yours using the application number you got when you applied for yourself. If your own application is successful your child will get the same status as you.

Full details about the EU settlement scheme, and more details about the answers to the following questions can all be found on the government website.

If you have any other questions about the EU settlement scheme, please get in touch with us:

European Elections

Elections for the European Parliament take place every five years. The next elections will be in May 2019.

The UK may leave the EU this year. If this happens, the UK will no longer have Members of the European Parliament and will not take part in the European Parliamentary elections this May.

If you are an EU citizen living in the UK and want to vote in the European Parliament elections this May, please contact the electoral authority in the EU country where you are a citizen. View full eligibility list.

You can find who your MEPs are on the European Parliament website.

Other useful links


Information correct at time of update: last updated 05-Apr-2019

Check the Government website for most up to date information.