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Brexit: what will change for UK citizens

Published on 25 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.

The UK was originally due to leave the European Union on 29 March. Following previous postponement of the UK’s exit date to 12 April, the withdrawal agreement has not been ratified by the UK Parliament.

European Council agreed to an extension requested by the UK to allow for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement. Such an extension should last only as long as necessary and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month of the agreement.

In the case of a “no-deal” scenariono later than 31 October 2019, 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.

A decree implementing the order, issued on 2 April 2019, details the conditions of entry, residence and work of UK nationals in the event of a no-deal scenario.

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: