Bristol and Brexit

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union, via a nationwide referendum.

Whilst nationally 52% of voters opted to leave the EU, in Bristol there was a 61.73% vote to remain.

In response to the vote Mayor Marvin Rees has convened a city-wide Brexit Response Group (BRG) to fully understand the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit. The group includes local organisations in the public, private, business and academic sectors plus voluntary and community groups. The Group aims to:

  • look at the immediate and longer term economic and social impact of the leave vote on citizens and communities in Bristol and the city as a whole
  • work with partners in the city to ensure the community tension monitoring systems are in place and effective, and provide reassurance that Bristol remains an open and tolerant city
  • actively respond to the process of Britain leaving the EU (Article 50), currently expected in early 2017
  • secure and develop Bristol’s international reputation as a city that is open for business and can attract global investment and opportunities for citizens and businesses

The BRG has submitted an initial series of responses and calls to action to central government on funding, economic and community impact.

Bristol and Brexit guide

The submissions to central government are summarised in the Bristol and Brexit guide (pdf, 1.3MB) (opens new window) which:

  • outlines the issues at stake for Bristol
  • highlights the city’s desire to work with government, the region and other Core Cities to inform the national response to the referendum

Information for EU citizens living in Bristol

Information from UK Government 

The UK Government's first priority in negotiations with the EU is to secure the status of EU citizens living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU.

No EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will have to leave at the point that we leave the EU. 

If you're an EU citizen living in the UK, there is no need to do anything now, including applying for a permanent residence document.

There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU. 

If you would like to find out the latest information you can sign up for email updates.

You can also find more information from the Home Office

Other sources of information and advice

A European funded project called Living Rights focuses on hate crime and making EU nationals aware of their rights in the UK.

As part of the Living Rights project, the Law Centre Network has produced a leaflet (pdf, 378k) (opens new window) on the rights of EU nationals living in the UK.

More information for EU Nationals living in the UK is available on the Living Rights website.

Reports of incidents of hate crime in Bristol following the Brexit vote were low. However anyone experiencing hate crime should report it to Bristol Hate Crime Services.