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Brexit: what will change for UK citizens

Published on 02 April 2019

At the extraordinary summit on November 25, 2018, the Draft agreement on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom was approved by European leaders.

The purpose of this agreement is to prepare the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union by setting up a transition period until December 31, 2020.

For more information on the content of the draft agreement, please visit the dedicated section of the EU Council website.

On 21 March 2019, European leaders offered a postponement of the UK's exit date. Three scenarios emerged:

  • If the withdrawal agreement is approved by UK parliament before April 12 2019, the UK will leave the EU on 22 May 2019. The transitional period will then start and run until 31 December 2020.
  • If the withdrawal agreement is refused but the UK agrees to hold European elections from May 23th to 26th and announces it before April 12th, the newly elected British MPs could request a postponement of Brexit, or even a cancellation.
  • If the withdrawal agreement and the organization of European elections are rejected, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on April 12th 2019 without a transitional period: the so-called "no-deal" scenario.

In the case of a “no-deal” scenario, an Order issued on 7 February by French authorities will govern the entry, residence, work and social rights of UK nationals residing in France, subject to reciprocity by the UK authorities.

Helpful tip:

The French government has published a general information website on the possible consequences of Brexit for individuals and companies: https://brexit.gouv.fr.

The UK government also has a specific page on these considerations: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-france.

You are a UK citizen and are wondering about the consequences of Brexit? Let us guide you: