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Cardiff and Brexit

​​On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union. 

52% of the electorate voted to leave. In Cardiff, 40% voted to leave and 60% voted to remain.

Responding to the referendum​

In response, the Leader of Cardiff Council and Chair of Cardiff Public Services Board​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window held an extraordinary meeting of its members to consider the impact of the result on Cardiff.

A multi-agency officer working group, including representatives from the local authority, health and higher education was established and published ‘Brexit - Implications for Cardiff’​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​.

The report identified opportunities and risks for the city from Brexit and proposed, to both the UK and Welsh Governments, ways in which the city can be supported to prepare for, and respond to, the impact of leaving the European Union.

How are we preparing for Brexit?

A report on the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on Cardiff’s services​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​ was considered by Cabinet in October 2018. The assessment looked at the potential impact on:

  • The UK economy and Public Finances
  • Citizens and Residency
  • Community Cohesion
  • The Labour Market and Council Staff
  • Structural Funds and UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • International Inward Investment and Trade
  • Tariffs
  • The Regulatory Environment
  • Business Continuity Planning and Supporting Vulnerable Citizens

The assessment specifically considered the impact on Council services and did not seek to offer commentary on anticipated national trends. It drew on the work of the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), Core Cities and the Council’s own Budget Strategy – to provide a national and local economic context.
The Council continues to ensure a coordinated city-wide approach to Brexit planning, working through the Cardiff Public Services Board​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window which brings together the city’s public service leadership.  

Cardiff will continue to work closely with the Welsh Local Government Association to ensure that our local intelligence informs a national picture of Brexit readiness and that our contingency planning supports the national level work with Welsh Government and any wider work with the UK Government.


To outline the potential impact of Brexit on Cardiff and other UK cities, the Leader of the Council joined the Leaders of Core Cities in meeting with the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, in February 2018 and also gave evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee in March 2018.

How is Wales preparing for Brexit?

The Preparing Wales website​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window provides a single source of information about the actions the Welsh Government is taking to prepare for the impact of Brexit. 

The website sets out advice for citizens, organisations and sectors across Wales about the steps that need to be taken to prepare to leave the EU and is updated regularly. The website currently considers the impact of Brexit on: 

  • People living in Wales
  • Disabled people
  • EU citizens in Wales
  • Business and the economy
  • Health and social services
  • Education and skills
  • Environment, agriculture and food
  • Fisheries and trade
  • Community cohesion
  • Local services and third sector
  • EU funds
  • Transport 
  • Data protection

​Information for EU citizens living in Cardiff

EU regulations for Freedom of Movement will no longer apply to the UK after December 2020 and so the UK Government is making it compulsory for EU citizens, along with their family members, who wish to remain legally in the UK after a transition period, to apply for a new residence status. 

To make sure EU citizens and their families have all the information they need, the Council has a dedicated webpage on the EU Settlement Scheme​

The Welsh Government, in partnership with EU Citizens’ Immigration Advice Service, have also launched an EU Settlement Scheme website​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.  

Support for Business

The Council has been working closely with Business Wales at Welsh Government to provide businesses with a clear understanding of the support available.  

With regional centres across Wales, Business Wales offer a mixture of online and face-to-face support, as well as training workshops and individual advice.

The Business Wales Brexit Portal​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window asks businesses questions on their readiness for Brexit and signposts to guidance and support.

Third sector organisations

The Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window offers the latest guidance and resources to help third sector organisations understand, and prepare for, the possible impact of Brexit.

Personal data

Following Brexit, the rules about how personal data flows between the EU and the UK will change.
The Information Commissioner’s website offers more details about data protection and Brexit​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​,​ and how these changes may affect you or your organisation.

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