Are you a UK citizen living in the EU27?
We know that time is precious and that the sheer volume of information on the Internet can be overwhelming. With this in mind, we’ve compiled the following resources from around the web that might be of interest to you. We’ve tried really hard to make sure that these are useful, authoritative and trustworthy sources of information so you don’t have to seek these out yourselves!
- Information about UK citizens living in the EU27
- What do the agreements re: citizens rights mean for UK citizens living in the EU27?
- Overseas Voting
- Dual Nationality
One of the challenges that we have always faced as researchers has been in enumerating the numbers of Britons living in the EU27. Statistics are tricky in respect to this population, partly because of the question of who gets counted? Those holding citizenship? Those born in the United Kingdom? What about those with dual nationality or those born abroad? Do they count? But is also because the United Kingdom does not census its’ overseas citizens. So … it’s complicated, as Michaela discusses in our micropodcast on this topic.
The Office for National Statistics is a good go-to resource. Quarterly migration reports document both immigration and emigration from the UK, so are a good source for finding out how many people are leaving the country, and the number of UK citizens within this number. But they also produced the recent report What information is there on British people living in the EU?
On what terms will UK citizens living and working in the EU27 be able to continue their lives as before? This area provides links to up-to-date information about the progress on Brexit and citizens’ rights.
Information supplied by the British in Europe Coalition
We have been looking around and think that the handy document—Where does the December agreement leave me?—produced by the British in Europe coalition is the most comprehensive and easy to understand review. It reviews what ‘sufficient progress’ following Phase 1 of the negotiations means for UK citizens living in the EU27. In particular, it highlights what has still to be negotiated and agreed in relation to the rights of UK citizens living in the EU27.
Information supplied by the European Union (click on the images to go through the original URLs)
(1) Joint report and (2) technical note from the negotiators of the EU and UK re: Phase 1; (3) FAQs on citizens’ rights post-Brexit
Information supplied by UK Gov
UK nationals in the EU: what you need to know – GOV.UK
Overseas voting is a perennial issue for many UK citizens living abroad as we discussed in one of our early podcasts. Brexit brought this to the fore. Many UK citizens living in the EU27 realised that having been out of the country for longer than 15 years, they no longer had the right to vote. Extending the vote for life was a Conservative Manifesto promise in 2015 & 2017. But did you know that there is a private members’ bill currency progressing through the House of Commons on this matter? This would make provision to extend the basis on which British citizens outside the UK qualify to participate in parliamentary elections. You can also read the House of Commons Briefing paper on this topic.
Brexit has been accompanied by an increase in the numbers of UK citizens applying for dual nationality. However, as we discussed in our micropodcast on this topic not all nation-states permit dual nationality.
Here’s a reliable and authoritative source compiling information about citizenship around the world in English. To find out more about the criteria for naturalisation in the country you live, select the country from the dropdown menu, and this should bring up a pop-up box with information.