Brexit - 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 Brexit. The Government’s Get Ready For Brexit 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

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 Brexit will need to apply under the Settlement Scheme (EUSS) in order to continue residing in the UK after that time.

Help and advice on applying is available in Wakefield, visit or email

Or to apply for the EUSS, visit