Information on the rights and status of UK nationals living and travelling in the European Union (EU) following the triggering of Article 50.
Current status and staying up to date
There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.
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In the negotiations for the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU), the first priority is to reach agreement on the post-exit position of EU citizens now living in the UK and of UK nationals living in other EU countries. The UK’s objective is for those citizens to be able to continue to live their lives much as they do now.
On 26 June 2017, the Prime Minister set out the UK’s position on safeguarding the rights of UK nationals in the EU, and EU nationals in the UK. This is set out in detail in the government’s policy paper: ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’.
Over one million UK nationals have moved to other countries in the EU, and many have built their lives there. Their ability to stay, and for life to continue much as it does now, depends on the agreement that is reached between the UK and the EU. The UK fully expects that the EU and its member states will ensure, in a reciprocal way, that the rights the UK has offered to EU citizens will be similarly protected for UK nationals living across the EU before the specified date. As set out in the Government’s policy paper, that means, firstly, UK nationals in the EU must be able to attain a right equivalent to settled status in the country in which they reside. Secondly, they must be able to continue to access benefits and services across the member states akin to the way in which they do now.
The latest information on EU and UK positions on citizens’ rights is set out in the ‘Joint technical note on the comparison of EU-UK positions on citizens’ rights’.
You can read David Davis’ closing remarks at the end of the latest round of EU exit negotiations, which sets out those areas where we have reached agreement and those areas where we continue to press for agreement to secure the ongoing rights of UK citizens.
You can also read the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence on 22 September 2017 and David Davis’ remarks from previous EU exit negotiation rounds.
When the UK government has reached an agreement with the EU, further information on the status of UK nationals living in the EU will be published on this page
Until negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. This means:
Travelling in the EU – passports and healthcare
UK nationals can continue to travel freely within the EU using a UK passport
there continue to be no visa requirements for UK nationals entering another EU country
UK nationals can continue to access healthcare during temporary visits to EU countries using the European Health Insurance Card
Living and working in the EU – property, pensions and healthcare
UK nationals can continue to receive healthcare in EU countries
UK nationals can continue to retire and collect their pensions in EU countries
More information on exiting the EU
Published: 11 July 2016
Updated: 14 November 2017
- update to 3rd paragraph text
- Reference to fifth round of negotiations
- Added links David Davis' closing remarks at the end of the fourth round of EU exit negotiations in Brussels, and the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence.
- Link to information on the latest negotiations. Link to sign up for email alerts.
- Add in link to Article 50 and negotiations with the EU page
- Updated on 26 June 2017 to reflect UK Government's offer on EU Citizens' Rights
- Updated information following the triggering of Article 50
- Updates to first and second paragraphs to reflect current situation
- Change to intro
- Amendment to introduction text and link added to Department for Exiting the EU
- First published.