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EU To Limit UK Expat Residency Rights Post Brexit

That's according to Britain’s Brexit minister David Davies who has revealed that the EU plans to restrict residency rights of British expatriates living within in the EU once the UK leaves.

"Their offer only guarantees residence rights in the member state in which a British national was resident at the point of our exit from the EU. It does not guarantee the holder ... any right to onward movement within the EU, for example to work or study in a neighbouring member state," Davis said. "We have questioned whether this is consistent with the principle of reciprocity, and also with the Commission's desire to protect rights currently enjoyed under EU law. This will be the subject of further discussion in due course."

Davis told UK lawmakers that Britons living in the EU post Brexit will only have the right to stay in the country where they are resident when Britain leaves the EU.

 “The EU has confirmed that their offer only guarantees residence rights in the Member State in which a British national was resident at the point of our exit from the EU,” he wrote in a letter to the House of Lords EU Committee Wednesday.

“It does not guarantee the holder of those residence rights any right to onward movement within the EU, for example to work or study in a neighbouring Member State."

This means that a Spanish citizen living in Britain March 2019 would be able to choose to set up home in the UK or any of the other 27-member states post Brexit. A Briton in Spain could only stay put or move back to the UK.

The EU has also indicated that UK nationals on the continent will lose their rights to vote in elections after Brexit.

 

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