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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.

 

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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

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

 

News

19 Jan

Today Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Philippe Goffin participates in the conference of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) at the Residence Palace in Brussels. This is the second ministerial conference of this association, focusing on the remembrance of the Holocaust and the prevention of genocide.

11 Jan

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Philippe Goffin welcomes the renewal of the “cross-border” mechanism aimed at providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

13 Dec

Belgium will reinstate its support for UNRWA, states Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. UNRWA has been thoroughly screened in recent months and the organisation has been given a new Commissioner General on duty. Other international donors are also reaffirming their support.

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.