Bradford Council will discuss its preparations for Brexit at the authority’s Executive on 5 January.

The end of the transition follows the UK’s exit from the European Union on 31 December 2020.

The council continues to support businesses and residents to prepare as much as possible for the upcoming changes by ensuring they have access to information, advice and support and by linking up with relevant authorities at a local, regional and national level.

Work is ongoing to support residents with their EU settlement scheme applications and the council continues to encourage those yet to apply to do so.

The most recent figures by the government suggest that there have been 26050 applications to the Settlement Scheme by people living in Bradford district with 24,000 concluded applications.

This is out of an estimated population of 26,000 to 35,000 EU citizens in the district.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “There’s been a prolonged period of uncertainty around Brexit which is not good for businesses and jobs.  Whatever the outcome of the negotiations on a new trade deal, there will clearly be substantial changes affecting all sectors of society from 1 January as a result of leaving the EU.

“Since the referendum in 2016 the Council and partners have been monitoring the evolving situation and making preparations to ensure we can give residents, businesses and communities as much support as possible over the coming months and years as the country adapts to the new travel, trading and regulatory conditions.

“Through this work, we have communicated the ‘Bradford Beyond Brexit’ messaging underlying the fact that all people are welcome in the district and we have directed businesses and residents, including those from EU countries, to advice and support.  Over the next few days we will be watching developments closely to see what additional support might need to be put in place.”