Communication from the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs: Rights of Belgian citizens in the context of Brexit


Click here if you are a British national who resides in Belgium under a special identity card from the Protocol Directorate


On the 15th of January and on the 12th of March 2019, the British Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement that was negotiated with the EU. This rejection does not necessarily mean a hard Brexit (no deal scenario). Any scenario still remains a possibility.

Meanwhile, it has been decided to postpone the exit date to the 12th of April 2019 in case the withdrawal agreement is not accepted by British Parliament (no deal scenario) and until 22nd of May 2019 in case of approval (deal scenario)

Given the current uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the impossibility to predict which scenario will apply, the information on this website is susceptible to evolve in light of political events. Nor can this information be considered as legal advice, that neither the Belgian Foreign Office nor the Belgian Embassy in London are in a position to provide.

We draw your attention to the fact that, in the case of a "no deal", any decision concerning the rights of Belgians to travel to, settle in or stay in the United Kingdom will be the sole responsibility of the British authorities.