EU Settlement Scheme

Rail Forum members may be employing European Union (EU), European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss citizens. Both they and their family members that have not:

  • Already obtained or hold British citizenship or
  • Hold indefinite leave to remain or enter the UK

but work or live in the UK should now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme online.

Applying and being granted UK settlement protects their employment, healthcare, benefits and pension rights after the UK leaves the EU.

Applications are free and done online at

The application is a three-staged one where applicants need to:

  • Prove their identity,
  • Confirm that they live in the UK and
  • Declare any criminal convictions.


Protecting Design Intellectual Property – Brexit with “No Deal”

In preparation for a potential exit from the EU without a deal, the UK Government has introduced “The Designs and International Trade Marks (Amendment etc.) (EU exit) Regulations 2019 No. 638. These regulations will onlycome into force if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Industrial designs covering ornamental or aesthetic aspects of an article including shape, pattern, lines or colour are currently protected by registration with any EU-recognised official authority. Such protection will lapse on the day of our exit if the EU Withdrawal Agreement fails to be approved by the UK parliament.

On the 22ndMarch 2019, the UK Government published comprehensive guidance on how companies can continue to protect their design intellectual property going forward. The online address is: