Southwark and Brexit

The UK was due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, however the departure date has been postponed and is now expected to be 31 January 2020. Under the terms of the extension, it's possible the UK will leave the EU sooner if an withdrawal agreement is approved before then. Southwark is home to 41,000 EU citizens and 72% of residents who took part in the referendum voted to remain in the EU. Southwark Council is extremely proud of our diverse borough and workforce. We value EU citizens who live and work in Southwark, who play a vital role in making our borough what it is.

Brexit has caused significant uncertainty for many individuals, businesses and organisations. Central government is responsible for negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU and at this stage the terms of the UK’s withdrawal agreement are still unclear. The council is committed to doing everything we can to ensure that Southwark, its residents and businesses, get the best outcome from Brexit and we're working to make sure that the rights of our residents are protected.

Southwark Brexit Panel

Southwark Council has taken a number of steps to prepare for the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the borough and our residents. In July 2018 Southwark’s cabinet member with responsibility for Brexit established a cross-party Brexit Panel to take evidence from local stakeholders about the potential impact of Brexit on Southwark, to help inform the council’s response to Brexit. Over the last six months the panel has taken evidence from a wide range of individuals and organisations, including businesses, local public services, and voluntary and community organisations. More information about the work of the panel is available here.

The panel has made a number of recommendations, based on the evidence it has gathered, to Southwark’s cabinet to prepare for the impact of Brexit on the council. These recommendations were agreed by cabinet on 22 January. You can read the panel’s report and recommendations here.

You can now access information on this page relating to Brexit, which we hope will be useful to Southwark residents.

Page last updated: 16 January 2020