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EU Exit Advice, Guidance & Support

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and a transition period is in place until 31 December 2020. 

Below is a list of key online resources that will help you better understand the EU Exit, its potential impact and the preparations you may have to make either before or after the UK’s departure from the EU.

General Advice From Government

Advice & Support for Citizens

Advice & Support for Businesses

General Advice from Government

NI Direct
Advice on how the EU Exit might relate to Northern Ireland (NI) and people in NI with specific information on businesses and employers, transport and travel, health and social care, EU citizens, education, rights and the law, holidaying in Europe, money, benefits and pensions, agriculture and environment. 

Community groups and organisations who have secured financial support from EU programmes are advised that this funding will be guaranteed by the UK government until the end of 2020.

Advice & Support for Citizens

‘Brexit and You’ leaflet
A leaflet entitled ‘Brexit and You’ was delivered to all homes in Northern Ireland.

This short guide provides practical advice on healthcare, transport and travel, consumers and the EU Settlement Scheme. It also has contact details for organisations providing help and support. View any of this guide or download the Brexit and You leaflet.

EU Citizens Living in NI
Most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in NI. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.  Further information is available at on the nidirect website. 

There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens, who will continue to benefit from the Common Travel Area.

The Home Office has provided grant funding to community organisations providing EU settlement scheme support. These include:

Advice NI

Stronger Together NI

Advice & Support for Businesses

This site offers a useful EU Exit readiness tool and provides comprehensive information for businesses on many topics including exporting goods to the EU, importing goods from the EU, transporting goods by road, exporting animals or animal products, exporting services to the EU, and moving goods between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Businesses within the Agri-Food sector can get all the latest updates on EU Exit from DAERA at or call its helpline.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
The Council provides a range of assistance and support programmes to local businesses who are working to adapt to the UK’s Exit from the EU.

European Funding from the ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Funds will provide support and advice to hundreds of local businesses until March 2022 including:

  • Kick Start Programme;
  • Advancing Business Growth Programme;
  • Tender for Success Programme.

As well as the suite of support offered through the EU funded programmes the Council will offer a range of other free support alongside EU webinar sessions:

  • First Stop Shop;
  • Social Economy Programme;
  • Tourism Excellence Programme; and
  • Monthly Webinar workshops and seminars.

For further details please email businesssupport@fermanaghomagh.com

Invest NI
Find out about the ‘Get Ready for The EU Exit’ clinics running across Northern Ireland. There’s also a dedicated section on the EU Exit FAQs, support, assessment tool, preparation grants and briefings.

NIBusinessInfo provides a comprehensive EU Exit section, with a wealth of information tailored to the needs of specific sectors including trade, taxes, employers, transport, innovation and R&D, sales and marketing, IT, efficiency and the environment, food and drink, manufacturing and retail.

The EU Exit advisory service, funding, upcoming events and a tailor-made online learning tool. The EU Exit planning and The EU Exit implementation vouchers are available for businesses to bring in expert advice. These are worth up to £2,000/£5,000 per business and applications can be made online.

NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Check out the business EU Exit checklist and FAQs.

Food Standards Agency
Gain a better understanding of the steps your business may need to take in preparation for the EU Exit, with detailed information provided on health marks on meat, fish and dairy products, exports of products of animal origin, businesses that seek or hold authorisation for GM food or feed or animal feed additives, or export animal feed to the EU and submitting a regulated product authorisation application after the EU Exit.