On 29 March 2017, the government triggered Article 50, which began the formal process for the UK to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
In December 2017, the UK government reached an agreement with the European Commission to secure the status of UK nationals living in other member states and EU citizens living in the
UK after we exit the EU.
The UK remains a full member until we exit the EU, and all rights and obligations of membership remain in place until then.
UK nationals living in the EU
There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.
Added link to citizens' rights: UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area.
Added link to the Home Secretary's open letter to EU citizens in the UK.
Guidance updated: agreement reached on EU citizens’ rights in the UK. News story and joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU added to collection.