Preparing for EU Exit

The Office for Civil Society has published a guide to help charities prepare for the UK’s departure from the European Union, including the possibility of leaving without a deal.

The government has launched a public information campaign available at This includes the latest advice and information on Brexit and outlines the steps that can be taken to prepare.

Data Protection in a no deal scenario

A no-deal scenario would mean the continued free flow of personal data between the EU and the UK would no longer be automatic. If your organisation shares personal data with organisations in the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to take steps to ensure you continue to comply with data protection laws if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. For organisations that only share data within the UK, there will be no change.

The government has issued guidance on data protection in the event of a no deal. The Information Commissioner’s Office has produced guidance for organisations on data protection, including a six steps checklist to help your organisation take the right action now.

EU workers and Settled Status

The government has committed to safeguarding the rights of EU nationals residing in the UK. EU citizens will be entitled to apply for ‘settled status’ in the UK, enabling them to continue to work and reside in Britain.  For more information, please review the latest policy guidance, recently published by the Home Office.  The deadline for applying for settled status is 30 June 2021.If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020. For more information please review the Settled Status Scheme website.

EU funding

If the UK leaves with a deal, organisations will be able to bid for EU funding until programmes close in 2020.  In the event of no-deal, the government will guarantee EU projects agreed before the UK leaves the EU.  This includes structural and investment funds (ESIF). More information about the guarantee and funding for specific EU programmes is available in the technical notice on EU funded programmes.

If you have any concerns or queries on EU exit, please direct them to

February 7, 2019


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