The official website of the British Government has today released more information for UK citizens living in the European Union.
The new article, which headlines with “The UK will be leaving the EU on the 31st of October 2019” outlines the efforts being made by the UK government to protect the rights of UK citizens living and working in the EU after a no-deal Brexit.
It also states clearly that the UK has already committed itself to protecting the rights of all EU citizens currently living in the UK, and expects other EU member states to follow suit and reciprocate these measures. Whilst some EU members have already stated that they will follow the UK’s lead other EU members have yet to respond or in fact give reassurances of their future plans.
Here is the latest article from the UK government, updated today the 8th of August 2019
UK nationals in the EU after Brexit
The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October 2019.
The government takes citizens’ rights extremely seriously. The UK has committed that the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK will be protected in any Brexit scenario.
Protecting the rights of UK nationals in the EU is an absolute priority for this government, but the UK cannot protect the rights of UK nationals unilaterally. The government welcomes those commitments already given by all Member States to protecting UK nationals if there is no deal. We continue to encourage Member States to provide the same reassurances to UK Nationals in the EU that we have provided to EU citizens in the UK. We are urging Member States to communicate their detailed plans to UK Nationals as soon as possible.
It remains the government’s preference to leave with a deal. If there is a deal, free movement rights will continue to apply to you as a UK national during the implementation period. This means that you will be able to live in an EU country, enjoying broadly the same rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions as at present.