Leaving the EU (European Union)

Leaving the European Union will mean changes and the government has launched a website to help people and businesses prepare as best they can.

Leaving the EU website

Salford City Council is prepared to respond if any of the speculation about emergencies or problems turns into reality. It’s all part of the council’s planning and readiness to deal with a wide range of emergency situations, many of which, fortunately, never arise.

Greater Manchester help and advice

Greater Manchester organisations are working together to make preparations for leaving the EU and any outcomes which may result.

A new website has important local updates to help people find their way to all the latest national information.

Settled status for EU citizens

If you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

The deadline for applying is 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal or 30 June 2021 if there is agreement.

Applications for settled status must be made online and there is free internet access and help to get online at every Salford Gateway centre and libraries.

The government has translated the information about the settlement scheme into every EU language. See the GOV.UK site for the translations.

It has also provided videos in different languages.

French guidance

Polish guidance



Citizen’s Advice

If you need help with your application Citizen’s Advice has produced some useful guidance on their website

Or you can get free help and advice from any branch of Citizen’s Advice across Greater Manchester. Just ask to be referred to the EUSS team (European Settled Status team) and they will contact you and arrange an appointment.

You can email them

You can call them on 0300 3309 074 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday (and they can call you back if you’re worried about the cost)

Or call into their offices at:

  • Salford Precinct, 25a Hankinson Way, Salford M6 5JA between 10am and 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday
  • Walkden Gateway, 2 Smith Street, Walkden, M28 3EZ between 10am and 2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Eccles Gateway Centre, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles. M30 0TU, between 10am and 2pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Cadishead Library, 126 Liverpool Rd, Cadishead M44 5AN on Tuesdays only between 9.30am and 12 noon and 1.30pm and 4.30pm.


You can also get free help and advice from Europia – a charity dedicated to supporting European expats. They have regular drop in sessions across parts of Greater Manchester. Details are on their website or you can contact them on 0333 3058 570 or 0787 4326 135 or find them on Facebook and send a message.

Or find more local and regional organisations to help - go to the GOV.UK website and enter your postcode.

Travel to Europe

Leaving the EU will mean changes and the government’s website has information about passports, driving abroad and overseas home ownership.

You may need to update your passport and get travel insurance as your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be valid.

You may need more documents to drive abroad and the existing pet passport scheme will end when the UK leaves the EU.

The guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will also end so check with your phone operator to find out more.


Employers will also need to verify that all of their employees have the legal right to live and work in Britain or will face penalties.

The government’s website has extensive information about how leaving the EU may affect businesses.

The Greater Manchester GC Business Growth Hub which supports business across the city region has also produced a guide and has advisors available to provide help.  

Exporting food and drink products

If the UK leaves without a deal, Salford City Council’s regulatory services officers can support certain food and drink exporters.

Experienced inspection officers can sign Export Health Certificates (EHCs) to assure the destination authorities that the products meet UK and EU food safety requirements as a minimum, as well as any additional conditions required.

Inspections/checks will be required to verify the requirements of the certificate have been met and this will be at a cost of £79 per hour.

Please note that for certain EHCs for products of animal origin, e.g. fishery products being exported to China, Salford City Council cannot provide this service as signing officials must be included on a list held by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Please check before contacting Salford City Council.

To request an EHC please email Environmental Health

Racist or hateful speech

Sadly uncertain times can lead to community tensions but Salford is proud of the wide range of people who make up our amazing city.

Differing views on leaving the EU mean the potential for causing upset and distress is high. Please be respectful of others at all times.

Racist and hateful speech and hate crime has no place in Salford and there is support available if necessary. 

This page was last updated on 17 March 2020

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