People living in Wales

We don’t yet know what the precise impact of a no deal Brexit will be on Wales – on the people living in Wales; on businesses operating in Wales and on the public services we all rely on.

But we do know that the likely impact of a disorderly exit from the EU would be of a scale that could result in some potentially-significant disruption to aspects of day-to-day life.

The Welsh Government is working closely with our public and private sector partners and other organisations and institutions across Wales to put in place plans to try to reduce this impact as far as possible and protect the smooth running of public services.

t this stage, there are no immediate actions people need to take to prepare for a no deal outcome in terms of our own daily lives but it is vital that everyone is aware of the potential impacts and are informed as and when circumstances change.

As things stand, the UK will leave the European Union on March 29 2019. If a transitional deal is not agreed in the next couple of months, then most or all of our current arrangements for dealing with the EU will stop. This would have significant implications for many areas of life in Wales and across the UK.

This website will be updated on a regular basis as our preparations evolve, and other public sector organisations will be providing public information as needed in their areas.

You can read more about our preparations for the Welsh NHS and social care, including work across the UK to maintain the supply of medicines and drugs for patients in Wales in the event of a no deal outcome.

This means people should not stockpile medication as this could cause supply disruption. At this stage, we do not anticipate the cancellation of operations, and A&E and GP services will continue to function as normal.

We do not envisage any immediate impacts on the school system in Wales as a result of a no deal Brexit but we are working closely with local authorities to make sure any potential implications are understood and that longer-term impacts can be managed. Find out more about how we are working to maintain local services.

Universities in Wales are working hard to prepare for the impact on their work, including the implications for EU students currently studying in Wales.

For some groups in the population – children reliant on school meals; elderly people in residential care; patients in hospitals – the impact of a no deal exit from the EU could raise anxieties about food supplies. We are working closely with partners in Welsh public services to maintain food supplies in such circumstances.

The Welsh economy could face major disruption in the event of a no deal Brexit, for example as a result of delays at ports and increased tariff barriers. We have already made substantial funding available for Brexit adaptations for businesses. However, if you own a business in Wales or are responsible for Brexit planning, then our Business Wales Brexit portal sets out the steps you should take to prepare your business for the potential impact of a no deal outcome. It also provides contact details for our support and advice services, which are ready to help.

We recognise that Brexit is a divisive issue in Wales – as it is elsewhere in the UK – we are fully committed to maintaining and enhancing community cohesion and respect for everyone living in Wales.

We have made additional funding available for our regional community cohesion programme to undertake specific work to mitigate community tensions relating to Brexit. There is a risk of heightened tension and we urge people to report any instances of hate crime or other issues to the police immediately.

In the event that there are emerging risks of significant disruption to public services and other sectors in the run up to exit day and beyond, the Welsh Government will activate its well-established resilience response, which is run from the Emergency Co-ordination Centre (Wales).

This will enable close joint working with all partners in Wales, including each Local Resilience Forum. We will link with similar UK government mechanisms in Whitehall and the other devolved administrations.

The UK government has primary responsibility for preparations in non-devolved areas, such as defence, welfare, policing, security, international trade and foreign affairs. But we are working closely with it to ensure the particular needs of Wales are recognised, understood and met in its planning work.

The UK government has published advice for UK citizens planning to travel to the EU. This includes advice about passports, travel advice, pet travel and mobile roaming fees.

If you are an EU citizen, have EU staff or are recruiting from the EU, the Home Office has published the following advice:

  • EU citizens in the UK – Stay Informed, provides information about the citizens’ rights agreement and the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens in the UK.
  • If EU citizens want to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, they and their close family members will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.
  • A toolkit has been launched to equip employers with tools and information to support EU citizens and their families about the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK government has an Prepare for EU exit campaign to give individuals and businesses advice about preparations and the steps they may need to take.

Following Brexit, the rules about how personal data flows between the EU and the UK will change. Visit the Information Commissioner’s website to find out more about how these changes will affect you or your organisation.

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