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Leaving the European Union - the impact on East Sussex

The transition arrangement with the European Union has ended.

East Sussex County Council have worked with local partners through the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) to assess any potential risk to East Sussex. We consider the risk of any particular effects in East Sussex to be low.

See the latest UK government advice on new rules for businesses and citizens.

Traffic and freight

The operators of Newhaven Ferry Port are in regular contact with hauliers to remind them that HGVs can only board with a valid ticket. There is no advantage for lorry drivers to move from Dover or other Kent ports to Newhaven. Travellers must also be able to show a recent negative COVID test before boarding.

Although there has been no traffic congestion in Sussex as a result of the EU exit, SRF partners continue to monitor the situation and maintain plans to ensure traffic on Sussex roads will continue to move freely.

Business readiness

The UK government has provided advice for businesses on import, export and customs.

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce and other local business groups are running seminars and offering advice for local businesses.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce – Business networking events

South East Business Hub - Import/Export


Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland who live in East Sussex are most welcome to remain. They should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to by June 2021 to secure their right to continue living in the UK after that date.

Apply for settled status in the UK