Free Movement of People

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the abolition of the right of onward freedom of movement for UK citizens living in the EU on those citizens after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Throughout the process of the negotiations we have sought to understand the unique challenges of our UK nationals already living in the EU, including the right of onward movement.

Ministers from the Department for Exiting the European Union have met delegates from groups representing UK nationals in the EU, to hear their views and concerns. Our Embassies and Ambassadors in the remaining EU27 have also engaged extensively with their communities in country and will continue to do so as we leave the EU.

We have assessed that onward movement is an important issue for many UK nationals living in the EU, and we remain committed to raising this issue during negotiations on the future relationship.

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