Representation in United Kingdom

What are your EU citizenship rights?

Passports ©shutterstock 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. On 12 June we presented our position on how we want EU citizens' rights to be safeguarded after Brexit. We answer questions such as:

  • What do we want to achieve from the talks?

  • Will I and my family be covered?

  • Which rights will be protected?

  • How would my rights be protected? Which court will judge on legal disputes?

  • How long will my rights be protected?

To find out more

Frequently asked questions on EU citizens' rights and Brexit

We have collected some of the most frequently asked questions and provided the answers. Is your question already answered?