We Asked the UK Embassy What Brexit Means, They Replied

By , 28 May 2018, 15:46 PM Lifestyle
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Waiting for the cake to have while eating it. 

May 28, 2018

Having lived abroad since 1998 we tend to watch the current situation with regard to the Brexit negotiations with something like amazed amusement, until we recall that we’re a UK citizen, have a family, and the results will impact us directly. As such, and inspired by a long weekend catching up on how poorly May and Co. are doing in terms of basic matters – like what Brexit actual means (beyond Brexit, obviously) – we wrote an email to the British Embassy in Ljubljana asking, in short, “what up?”

To save concerned readers a few minutes, their response is posted below.

Until the UK leaves the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU and UK nationals retain their legal status as EU citizens. There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.  The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens' rights in negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. This will provide certainty about the future of UK nationals and their families living in the EU. Most importantly, it will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

More information on the status of UK nationals in the EU can be found here. Country-specific information will also be added when available to the living in country guides for UK nationals moving or living abroad [with Slovenia’s here].

UK nationals can also  sign up for email alerts to receive updates to Brexit pages on gov.uk as the negotiations progress.

Having clicked through the links, perhaps the text of most immediate and general interest is this section called “Progress in the Negotiations - Citizens’ Rights Agreement”, which tells you where things currently stand.

For more than that we’ll have to wait until UK knows what it wants, and then see what the EU decides to give it.

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