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.
The British parliament has approved the withdrawal agreement so everything is now ready legally and practically for an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU on 1 February 2020. The European Parliament and the council still have to give their approval this week but there are no problems foreseen.
On 1 February 2020 the transition period will start which will normally run till 31 December 2020. This transition period might be extended by one or two years. During this period The United Kingdom remains bound by EU Rules but it will no longer be present in the European institutions. Everything else stays the same. EU citizens and Brits can continue their lives as before. They can travel, live and work in the exact same conditions as before. During this period the EU and the United Kingdom will negotiate the future framework for their relations. When there is more info on this, we will update you.
Given the current developments 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.
© Tom D'Haenens
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