Business after Brexit (EU employees and Scottish businesses)

Last updated: 24 December 2020

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This process is often known as 'Brexit'.

From 1 January 2021 a new relationship with the EU will begin. There will be effects on some areas of life in Scotland.

This includes changes to the way businesses operate.

Our future relationship with the EU has now been decided. This page will be updated to give the latest facts. Keep checking back for new information. provides the latest information and guidance to Scottish businesses on preparing for the end of the transition period (Brexit).

This includes:

  • a 10-point Brexit checklist of essential actions you can take now
  • support for export and customs documentation, including information on grant funding
  • sector specific Brexit guidance
  • the latest information on changes to tariffs, supply chains and logistics
  • events, webinars and virtual networking information
  • access to expert advisors


EU employees

If you're an employer and some of your staff are EU citizens, you should make sure they're aware of what they have to do to remain in the UK.

Any EU citizens living in the UK (except Irish citizens) will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to keep living in the UK after 30 June 2021. This also applies to citizens from:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland

The EU citizens after Brexit page gives more information on what employees need to know, and how they can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK Government also has an EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit, which gives employers the information they need to support their EU employees and help them and their families apply to the scheme.

The site also gives information for Scottish businesses to help make sure their EU employees are prepared.