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Brexit: Useful links on funding, immigration and more

The UK leaves the European Union (EU) at 23:00 on Friday 31st January 2020.

At this point, the UK will enter an 11-month period, known as the transition, that will keep the UK bound to the EU’s rules. The transition (also called the implementation period) is due to last until 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will remain in both the EU customs union and single market. That means, until the transition ends, most things will stay the same. This includes:

  • Travelling to and from the EU (including the rules around driving licences and pet passports)
  • Freedom of movement (the right to live and work in the EU and vice versa)
  • UK-EU trade, which will continue without any extra charges or checks being introduced

Once the transition begins, the UK will automatically lose its membership of the EU’s political institutions, including the European Parliament and European Commission.

The UK Government’s information on transition


We know that funding is a top concern, following our survey work on Brexit and the arts sector in 2018.
UK-based organisations can still fully participate in EU funding schemes such as Creative Europe, Erasmus +, Horizon 2020 among others until the end of December 2020.
More detail from Creative Europe

Detail on EU Funding from the Arts Council England website

Settlement and immigration

Citizens Advice Scotland information on immigration and those making an application under the EU settlement scheme

The 3 Million campaigns for the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK:


The Scottish Government’s Prepare for Brexit website aimed at businesses, where you can apply for a Brexit support grant of up to £4000

The Scottish Government’s information site on how Brexit could affect you, your organisation or your business including information on civil rights, EU citizens living in Scotland, tax and EU funding guarantees

Arts specific

Creative Scotland’s Brexit position, guidance and information

The Creative Industries Federation Brexit Update: what’s happened during this transition period? (17 January 2020)

Guidance and information from Arts Council England

Our survey

In October 2018, SCAN and the Federation of Scottish Theatre carried out a survey of the arts sectors’ views on Brexit and how it would impact upon their work and life.
Read the full results of the 2018 Brexit survey
Read the results for visual arts

Date: 31 January 2020

Brexit: Useful links on funding, immigration and more