Leaving the EU - getting prepared

Britain’s relationship with the EU is still expected to change. Exactly what this will mean for the country, our district and this Council will depend on the way in which the UK leaves the European Union – either with a negotiated deal or without a deal.  

The Government is very keen to  make sure that businesses and individuals prepare for the EU exit as best they can. The Government are responsible for setting out the information to help people know what they may need to do.


Businesses should make preparations for the UK leaving the European Union. The Government’s Leaving the EU website has a range of information available to help understand what the impact may be and how to make sure your business is well prepared. 

Further information, including a Business Brexit Checklist, produced by the British Chamber of Commerce is also available on the Wakefield First website.

Implications for services

We are looking at all the potential implications that may affect the services we deliver and the communities we work in. We are working closely with other councils and partners as part of the multi-agency West Yorkshire Resilience Forum. We are also linking with local businesses to understand the impact leaving the EU may have - deal or no deal.

As a district, we are very proud of the diverse communities we have. Sometimes uncertainty or changes can have an impact on community relations.

If you have any community tension concerns please contact our community cohesion team on 01924 305031 or email communitycohesion@wakefield.gov.uk

If you witness or feel you have been a victim of hate crime you can report it to Stop Hate UK  0800 138 1625 or West Yorkshire Police on 101 or 999 (in an emergency) 

European Union Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens already living in the UK who would like to remain a resident in the country after the UK leaves the European Union will need to apply under the Settlement Scheme (EUSS) in order to continue residing in the UK after that time.

Information sessions are being held to provide information and updates on the EUSS focusing on:

  • What EUSS is
  • Importance of getting correct status (settled or pre-settled)
  • How to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Available support for EU nationals living in Wakefield District and surrounding areas for registering under EUSS

After the session, participants will be able to get advice and qualifying participants will be able to book an appointment for free for support in the application process. 

Support in the application process will be available for eligible participants after the session (depending on the time available). 

 These sessions are FREE. We have limited places, if for whatever reason you can’t attend anymore please go on Eventbrite and cancel your place so somebody else can attend.

Information sessions are also available in the Polish language. Search for 'European Union Settlement Scheme – Spotkania informacyjne'

Register here - English language

Register here - Polish language

For any questions, please contact us: euss@mjlanguages.co.uk