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EU Staff: British Nationality

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about the effect of the UK leaving the EU on UK citizens employed by EU (a) institutions, (b) bodies and (c) agencies.

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Government recognises the contribution that EU staff with UK nationality make in supporting the work of the EU institutions, agencies and bodies. We are aware of the concerns of UK nationals regarding the security of their careers, and we do not want those working for the EU to be disadvantaged as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Ultimately, it is for the EU to decide their employment practices.

The Government welcomes the recent announcement by the European Commission with regard to officials with UK nationality on aspects of their employment status post-exit. This is available online:

We hope that other EU institutions, agencies and bodies will follow suit to provide consistency of treatment of UK nationals working across the EU institutions.

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