United Kingdom – Withdrawal from the European Union to Commence on March 29

What has changed

The British government has confirmed that a formal notification of withdrawal from the European Union (EU) will be made on March 29, 2017. This process is otherwise known as invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Who is affected?

  • EU nationals and their family members residing in the United Kingdom after March 2019
  • United Kingdom nationals and their family members residing in the EU after March 2019

What to expect

The notification on March 29, 2017, will signify the commencement of the two (2) year withdrawal process, which will involve negotiation of the terms on which the United Kingdom (UK) will part with the EU in March 2019. During this period, the laws of the EU will continue to apply in the UK, and nationals of other member states will continue to benefit from free movement rights.

At this point, it is unclear what rights European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members will have in the UK after March 2019. Their rights will depend on the agreements reached between the UK and the EU throughout the two (2) years leading up to formal separation.

What you need to do

Planning Ahead  

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.