Introduction Following the Referendum in June 2016, the UK Government has begun the process of leaving the EU. This was due to happen on 29 March 2019, but the date has been extended and has still to be definitely agreed. There may also be a transition period if withdrawal agreement is reached. Negotiations are continuing on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. As Brexit moves forward we will update the website as information becomes available. Preparing for Brexit Leaving the EU will have implications for Dundee City Council, its partners and the city as a whole. To prepare for this, the Council has established a Brexit Advisory Team to advise members on how to mitigate the impact of Brexit and take advantage of any opportunities which arise. The Council’s spokesperson on Europe is also chairing a Cross Party Group of councillors, MSPs and MPs to monitor developments and lobby to protect the city’s interests. Issues for Dundee include the impact on EU citizens living and working in the city, the ending of EU funding for projects and uncertainty about replacement funding, implications for the workforce of the Council and other major employers, and impact on the local economy, including on businesses and academic institutions. More details are given in the following reports: Committee report 28-2018 Committee report 234-2018 Committee report 13-2019 General Information For general information on how leaving the EU may affect you, visit https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk/ The Scottish Government has also has a web page to give people information and guidance to help them prepare for EU exit. The Rights of EU Citizens The Council is particularly keen to make sure that EU citizens living and working in Dundee - we estimate around 10,000 - are informed about their rights. Along with the Scottish Government, we hosted an event to hear their concerns and we will provide more information locally as the scheme for EU citizens and their families to secure their long-term status in the UK is implemented. There is information on the Government's website and you can sign up to receive email updates. The scheme fully opened on 30 March. The Government has announced that anyone who applied during the trial phase before then, so paid the fee, can claim a refund. Government website Applications will have to be made online, and we are planning that the Central Library in the Wellgate Centre will be one of the places where you can get help with this if required. EU Citizens can also obtain information, advice and support from the EU Citizens Rights Project Scotland. Impact on Local Businesses We are also working with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce to make sure that local businesses are prepared for the impact of Brexit. View the Chambers resources here. The Home Office have launched an ‘employer’s toolkit’ Scottish Enterprise has resources to help businesses prepare. A self-assessment tool has been created to help businesses identify how Brexit might affect them, providing bespoke recommendations for action to help their planning activities: https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/ The Brexit Support Grant, funded by the Scottish Government, provides up to a maximum of £4,000 to help small to medium-sized enterprises in Scotland manage a wide range of Brexit impacts. Find out how to apply on the Prepare for Brexit website. Impact on Further/Higher Education The 20,000 students who attend Dundee's two universities and further education college make up around one in seven of the population - the highest figure in Scotland. They contribute greatly to the city, culturally and economically. We are aware that significant numbers of those students - and staff - are from non-UK EU countries, and are working closely with our colleagues in Further and Higher education regarding Brexit and the impacts it may have on them. The Scottish Government had pledged to provide free tuition for EU students starting their courses in 2018-19 and has extended the guarantee of free tuition for EU students to those starting in the 2019 to 2020 academic year. Eligible students will have their fees met for the duration of their studies, even after the UK leaves the EU. Students are advised to visit university/college websites to find news and information related to the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme.