On Thursday 21 March the EU agreed the UK could extend their membership of the EU to give the UK time to agree an exit process. There are now two agreed dates. If parliament approve the current withdrawal agreement, the UK will leave the EU on Wednesday 22 May 2019. If the withdrawal agreement is not agreed, the UK must let the EU know its intentions by Friday 12 April 2019. This could mean the UK extending its membership of the EU while it agrees a withdrawal agreement, or it could mean the UK leaving without a deal on Friday 12 April 2019.


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

Brent Council is holding an event for EU citizens to find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme, put questions to our experts, and speak to other people who are going through the application process. It is on Wednesday 27 March from 6.30pm in the Grand Hall. Book tickets on eventbrite, or email to reserve your place.

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. 

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:

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.

How much does the EU settlement scheme cost?

Nothing, if you apply on or after 30 March 2019. On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019.

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 will be open fully by 30 March 2019.

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.

The EU settlement scheme

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.

How do I apply for the EU settlement scheme?

You can complete the application form online from any device, or through the app.

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 use 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 £25.

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.

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 22/03/2019

Check the Government website for most up to date information.