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British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Viscount Waverley Viscount Waverley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Brexit negotiations will necessitate any UK citizens who do not reside in the UK, without property in the UK but with property in the EU, to relocate to the UK after Brexit; and if so, whether they have plans to recompense such citizens for any losses incurred as a result.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

In December 2017, we reached a fair and reciprocal agreement with the EU on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, as set out in the draft legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The agreement confirms that any UK national resident in the EU by December 2020 will be able to stay and continue living their lives broadly as they do now in their current Member State of residence. This agreement provides UK nationals living in the EU more certainty about residence, healthcare, pensions and other benefits. We are currently implementing this agreement in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme and are working with Member States to understand how they will do the same.

Should a UK national decide to return to the UK, details on access to services such as healthcare and social security in the UK can be found on gov.uk.

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