General guidance

General advice on Brexit is available on the NI Direct and UK GOV.UK websites. There is also a dedicated Twitter account, @NIBrexitInfo, for NI related information.

NI Brexit information leaflet

Business advice

Invest NI, InterTrade Ireland and the NI Chamber have dedicated sections on their websites to provide help for businesses on Brexit. The UK Government also created an online Brexit readiness tool, as well as guides to importing  and exporting.

We also provide a more general range of support for businesses and specific information about the potential impact of Brexit on food standards for importing and exporting.


The UK Government has guaranteed existing EU funding until the end of 2020, and announced a replacement scheme for EU funding. The written statement and background to the scheme is available on the Parliament website.

EU Settlement Scheme

In January 2019, the UK Government announced a settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families. The scheme is designed to allow most EU citizens, who started living in the UK before 31 December 2020, to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The deadline for applying for the settlement scheme is 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Details on how to apply are available online.

The Home Office has provided grant funding to community organisations providing EU Settlement Scheme support. These include: 

Guidance for the food industry

As the UK prepares to leave the EU the Food Standards Agency has published guidance on the steps your business may need to take.