Brexit Decoded will consistently provide help and assistance with the application and registration system for Settled and Pre-Settled status.

There will be handy downloadable guides for members and we’ll also provide live webinars with experts, offering guidance and support for those who require it.

Our champions will provide question and answer sessions online for members – and where there appear to be problems with the system we’ll report those on our members’ behalf to the Home Office.

Whilst we expect the system to be easy and straightforward for many EU citizens, there will no doubt be examples where the process is more complex.

Our Forum will enable members to share their experiences and guide others through the process, plus we listen and react to problems identified by our members and then seek to provide additional guidance.

Register for our Forum and you’ll receive important updates on when these events are due to happen, along with access to other members’ tips and advice.

If it’s good to know, we’ll make sure you do!

So apart from our own pool of representatives (living and working in both the EU and UK and operating in the fields of business, local government, commerce plus law) Brexit Decoded will be introducing top level experts with new things to say on the legal/cultural/economical implications of the final Brexit deal.

These ‘champions’ all share with us a passion for ‘decoding’ and giving you the plain, simple and impartial truth on Brexit buzzwords such as free trade, freedom of movement, settled status, migrant worker rights, plus the outlook for foreign students.

They’re in the know about the way forward and any potential fallout – so watch this space as our exciting timetable of events unfolds and our bespoke champions give you their unique perspectives and advice….


UK government has suggested that you may wish to exchange your existing country of origin License for a UK license before 31 December 2020.

This is good advice if you are living, working or studying in the UK and intend to remain here are a resident under the EU Settlement rules. Whilst there may yet be an extension to the transition period beyond 31 December 2020 we recommend you use this date until further notice and take steps to prepare for a full departure on 1 January 2021.

The good news is that the process to exchange is fairly simple. You can do this online with the government website or by obtaining a D1 application form from major Post Offices. Here is our quick guide for the process:

In order to exchange your license, you must meet the following conditions:

You must be a resident of the United Kingdom and/or have lived for at least l85 days at a permanent address in the UK.

Your foreign license must still be valid.

You must surrender your old EU license to the DVLA in order to receive your new UK License – you cannot hold both.

If you meet the above criteria and want to exchange your current EU driver’s license for a UK one, you need to submit the following documents:

A completed D1 application form from the DVLA

Your foreign driver’s license

Any additional supporting documents requested such as ID or proof of a legal change.

The fee is currently £43.

The whole process takes approximately three weeks.


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The BD Forum provides members with access to discussions on the topics that matter to you. Whether you are an EU national wishing to discuss matters within a country specific area of the forum or with the wider community you will find answers to questions and be able to access other members’ experiences and knowledge.

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