British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department is taking to seek to ensure that UK citizens living in the EU can continue to do so in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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

Citizens’ rights has been our first priority since the very beginning of this process.

While the Government is preparing for a range of scenarios, including the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal, the Prime Minister stated to EU citizens on 21 September “I want to be clear with you that even in the event of no deal your rights will be protected. You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. We want you to stay.”

We are urging our EU counterparts to offer the same reassurance to UK nationals living in EU Member States. We also will ensure all relevant information is available to UK nationals overseas in the most transparent and accessible way.

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