Advice on the UK leaving the European Union

Advice for EU citizens

'I would like to ask you to take 5...minutes of your time to watch this film clip if you are an EU/EEA national who stays in Perth and Kinross or if you know or work with an EU/EEA national who stays in Perth and Kinross.

This film provides advice about the support available for those wishing to apply for the Home Office EU Settlement Scheme and encourages those people who wish to stay in Perth and Kinross to do so.

We hope that EU/EEA nationals living in Perth and Kinross continue to make this area your home and continue to live life well whether you live, work or study here.

Thank you.'

Karen Reid, Chief Executive, Perth & Kinross Council

Those citizens will want to know as much as possible about what will happen when the UK plans to leave the EU (Brexit). We will put relevant information on this web page.

Latest update as at 21 August 2019 from the Home Office in relation to Freedom of Movement

There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding plans to end freedom of movement after we leave the EU, as well as what this means for EU citizens resident in the UK.

We want to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that you still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now.

Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

Further details can be found in our free movement factsheet, but please feel free to contact the Home Office.

Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme provides further details about how EU citizens and their families can obtain settled status in the UK. The scheme is due to open fully on 30 March 2019.

Advice for businesses

Many local business have employees who are EU citizens. The Scottish Government recently launched a Brexit self-assessment tool which will help identify what you can do now to ready your company for business post-Brexit.

It will raise your awareness of the risks, rewards and challenges of the new economic landscape by highlighting areas that you need to plan for. It will direct you to resources, advice, events and services to help you develop your plans.

Local organisations

There are a number of local third sector organisations working in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council who may be able to assist with advice for EU citizens:

  • PKAVS Minority Communities Hub - have appointed a worker to support with the EU Settlement Scheme across Perth and Kinross. Appointment can be made by calling 01738 567076.
  • Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (EMLC) - surgery appointments for free legal advice are available in Perth and Kinross.  EMLC have telephone advice line for clients 09:30am to 10:30am Mon-Fri as well as a second tier support line for organisations from 09:00am to 5pm Mon to Fri - both on 0141 204 2888.
  • Perth Citizens Advice Bureau - can provide appointments with a Tayside-wide EU Citizen Settlement Scheme Adviser.  Referrals for an appointment can be made through appointments line 01738 450581 or by emailing EUCitizens@perthcab.org.uk.  Appointments can be at CAB offices or elsewhere as required.
  • Culture PK - offer a free Assisted Digital Service in the AK Bell Library to support access with the EU Settlement Scheme. Find out more about this service at www.gov.uk/eu-assisted-digital.

Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available.