Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom

Communication from the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs: Rights of Belgian citizens in the context of Brexit

On 17 October 2019, a new agreement was concluded between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom on an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. It is essentially the same text as the one negotiated between the EU and the previous British Government, with the exception of amendments made to (1) the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (the 'backstop' question) and (2) the (non-binding) political declaration on future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom.

Following these developments, and given the time needed for the British and European Parliaments to ratify the agreement, a further extension has been granted to the United Kingdom until 31 January 2020. As a result, the Brexit date is potentially postponed to 31 January 2020. If the withdrawal agreement is approved by both parties by the end of 2019, the United Kingdom could leave the EU on the first day of the month following ratification, i.e. 1 December 2019 if the agreement is ratified in November, or 1 January 2020 if the agreement is ratified in December. In this Q&A, we refer to 31 January 2020, for the purposes of simplification.

However, despite the new agreement, the possibility of a 'no deal' cannot be ruled out. Such a scenario will not materialise until 31 January 2020 in any event, given the latest extension.

Given the current uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the information on this website is susceptible to change in light of political events. This information does not constitute legal advice, which neither the FPS Foreign Affairs nor the Belgian Embassy in London are in a position to provide.

We draw your attention to the fact that, in the event of a 'no deal', any decision concerning the rights of Belgians to travel to, settle in or stay in the United Kingdom will be the sole responsibility of the British authorities.

 

Embassy
© Tom D'Haenens

 
I hope that you enjoy our website - a portal into Belgium's presence in the UK. 

Are you a Belgian citizen living in the United Kingdom or thinking of moving to the UK? Please register with the Embassy in London. Our consular services provide information about how to register, apply for identity cards and passports. Please note that since October 2011, Belgians residing in the UK have to book an appointment and come in person to the Embassy in London to apply for a new passport. 

You are interested in travelling to Belgium or would like to study, work or do business there, please check the Travel to Belgium section. If you need a visa, an easy and quick application is available via the ‘Visa Application Centre’. Details can be found on https://be.tlscontact.com/gb/LON/index.php

Finally, do not forget to visit our News and Events sections and join the Embassy’s Facebook page for the latest news from the Embassy of Belgium in London and feeds about events in the UK with a Belgian touch. You can also subscribe to our newsletter.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on london@diplobel.fed.be

 

News

10 Dec

Today is International Human Rights Day. Minister of Foreign Affairs Philippe Goffin confirms that Belgium remains committed to the protection and promotion of all human rights for all.

06 Dec

From the 23rd to the 28th of November, the general Director for Bilateral Affairs of the Federal Foreign Office visited the Kingdom of Bahrein and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

03 Dec

Today, Philippe Goffin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, opens the "E10 Dialogue" in Brussels. This two-day meeting brings together the ten current elected members of the UN Security Council and the five incoming elected members. The aim of the meeting is to increase cooperation between the elected members and to contribute as such to the efficient functioning of the Security Council. Our country is organizing the meeting together with Kuwait, which will complete its two-year mandate on 31 December, and Tunisia, which will join on 1 January 2020.

02 Dec

On the night of 26 November 2019, the Republic of Albania was hit by a violent earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale. Dozens of victims lost their lives and hundreds were injured. In the affected areas around the port city of Durres, many houses have been damaged. Through the emergency mechanism B-FAST, relief workers were immediately ready to respond positively to a call for international assistance from the affected country. 

29 Nov

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden attach the utmost importance to the preservation and full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on Iran’s nuclear programme by all parties involved. The nuclear agreement was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council and is a key instrument for the global non-proliferation regime and a major contribution to stability in the region.