EU exit – what you need to know

Last updated: 5 February 2019

The UK (including Scotland) may soon be leaving the EU - this could be as soon as 29 March 2019. This process is often known as 'Brexit'.

It's still not clear how EU exit will happen, or whether it will happen (the Scottish Government website gives more information). Despite this, the Scottish Government is working with the UK Government and public bodies to take steps to prepare for the potential impacts on people and business in Scotland.

This work is looking at two main options:

  • EU exit with a 'withdrawal agreement' and transition period
  • EU exit without a deal (a 'no deal' situation)

You may have questions about what EU exit means for you. You might have questions about the availability of medicines or food, or how EU citizens living in Scotland may be affected.

This site provides information and guidance to help you prepare for EU exit, including a 'no deal' situation. Not all information is available at this time. Regular updates will be made to this site as new information becomes available.

EU exit could include changes to a number of different things in your day to day life. For more information, select an area below:

The UK Government website gives more information on EU exit and reserved matters.

If you are a UK citizen living in an EU country there's also a section giving information and guidance on how EU exit may affect you and how you may need to prepare.

The details of EU exit are not fully known, which means the amount of information the Scottish Government can obtain and provide is limited. New information and guidance will be added to this site as it's available, so please check back regularly for updates.