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What are your EU citizenship rights?
As a national of the United Kingdom or any other EU country – you are automatically also an EU citizen.
As such, you can benefit from many important rights under EU law, in particular the right to move freely around Europe to live, work, study and retire. You can also vote and stand as a candidate in European Parliament and municipal elections, petition the European Parliament and complain to the European Ombudsman.
And if you are travelling outside the EU and your country has no diplomatic representation there, you can go to the embassy or consulate of any other EU country and receive assistance and protection.
Do you need more information and advice? Please visit Your Europe.
Your EU citizens' rights and Brexit
On 23 June 2016, the majority of the UK's electorate voted to leave the European Union. "Brexit" will become effective on 29 March 2019 and when the negotiations on the terms of exit have been concluded.
Until then, the UK remains an EU member state with all rights and obligations.
It is important to note that the referendum result in itself has no immediate effect on the nationality, residence or social security status of EU citizens in the UK.
The EU's position on the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit
The European Commission negotiates the terms of the UK's departure on behalf of the remaining 27 EU countries and the European Parliament. On 28 February 2018 we presented our position on citizens' rights in the draft Withdrawal Agreement (the future deal on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, expected to enter into force on 29 March 2019). This is based on a common understanding that the EU and the UK has reached in December 2017 which sets out the guiding principles on citizens' rights. It guarantees that the life choices made by EU citizens living in the United Kingdom will be protected. The rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and United Kingdom citizens in the EU27 will remain the same after the United Kingdom has left the EU. It also ensures that any administrative procedures will be cheap and simple for EU citizens in the United Kingdom.
- Frequently asked questions and answers explaining what the common understanding is (12 December)
- Press release and text of December 2017 common understanding (Joint Report)
- Press release on the draft Withdrawal Agreement,transposing the common understanding into a draft legal proposal
- A short video explaining the EU's initial objectives on protecting EU citizens' rights in the context of Brexit
Information sessions for local community groups
Are you a local community group in the UK representing or working with EU citizens?
Do your members need information on how Brexit will affect their legal status in the UK?
We can provide you with a lawyer to explain EU citizens rights' for your members.
To find out more, please contact us at: COMM-REP-LON-NETWORKS@ec.europa.eu