We’re doing our best to make sure Plymouth is prepared for all of the possible impacts of Brexit, we want to ensure you and your family are too.

All of Plymouth’s residents and businesses could be affected and it’s important that we all make preparations for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.


How will Brexit affect my business?

If you run a business in Plymouth, you might be concerned that Brexit will affect your trading.

You can read the advice to how to prepare your business for Brexit.

We have a range of advice and materials to help business owners in Plymouth prepare for Brexit, and support is available from our Economic Development team for any concerns you might have about business after Brexit.

Importing and exporting

If you import goods from the EU please read the advice from the government and ensure you have a plan in place for the risks that might affect your business around a no-deal Brexit.

If you export goods to the EU please ensure your business is prepared for Brexit and that you have all the correct paperwork and licences.

If you have concerns around importing or exporting food through our port, and want to ensure your business is compliant with legislation, you can find information and submit any queries on our Port Health page.

Exporting fish

If you work in the fishing industry in Plymouth, make sure you’re ready for the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit.

Find out how to export fish after a no-deal Brexit, what documents you may need and customs rules to follow.


If you carry out international road haulage, ensure you’re prepared for a no-deal Brexit by checking you have the correct paperwork and licences.

Find out what UK goods vehicle operators need to do to carry out international road haulage if there's a no-deal Brexit.

Please note that there will be no Brittany Ferries crossings from Plymouth from 11 to 19 November.

What is Brexit? How will it affect me?

The UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, this helpful guide explains what has happened since them and how Brexit might affect you and your family.

Travelling to the EU after Brexit

If you’re planning to travel to the EU after Brexit, you can find information on how you will need to prepare here.

I’m an EU citizen living in Plymouth, what does this mean for me?

We value the 11,000 EU citizens that live and work in Plymouth, and hope that you will apply for settled status and continue as residents of our city.

If you're an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after June 2021. You can apply and find out more information here.

If you need help applying for settled status, you can contact Settled, a charity helping vulnerable EU citizens and their families with this process.

Returning to the UK

You might be planning to return to the UK if we leave the EU. There is guidance available to help with this process, please note that UK nationals will have six months of funded healthcare guaranteed if there is a no-deal Brexit.

We’re working hard to make sure that Plymouth thrives after Brexit. Last year we set up a new committee to scrutinise the potential impact Brexit might have on our city. You can now watch all past committees online.

The committee has looked at how our largest industries may be affected by leaving the European Union and has called on the Government to ensure that we have funding to retrain and support people after Brexit.

We also pioneered the use of new legal powers to challenge the Government release further information about how Brexit might affect Plymouth.

Our leadership team have been working with partners and business groups since the vote to make sure we’re as prepared as possible for any Brexit eventuality.

We are working on local and regional planning for leaving the EU. Plymouth City Council is part of the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum, a multi-agency forum made up of Police, Fire, Ambulance, NHS, Local Authorities, Environment Agency and others.