What will be the impact of Brexit if I wish to move to the United Kingdom in order to live there?

Until 31 October 2019

The current situation is maintained. As long as you meet the conditions under EU law, you may come to live in the U.K., with the members of your family.

According to current EU law, beyond a short stay of maximum 3 months, you may live in the U.K. if you:

  • are an employee;
  • are self-employed;
  • study (providing that you, have enough revenue to provide for yourself and eventually your family and are covered by a comprehensive medical insurance). Refer to question 7 for studying in the UK.
  • stay in the country while you are self-sufficient (provided you have sufficient income for you and your family and are covered by comprehensive health insurance);
  • are looking for a job (as long as you are actively looking for a job and have real chances of being hired).

From 1 November 2019

(unless negotiations are extended)

If the withdrawal agreement is ratified:

  1. Until the 31st of December 2020 (longer if the transition period is extended): the current situation is maintained. You may still take up residence in the U.K. as long as you meet the conditions set out in EU law.
    If you move  to the U.K. before the end transition period, you are legally allowed to stay.till  30h June 2021. If your (pre-)settled status application is successful you can even stay beyond that date.
    In other words, if you have moved to the U.K. before the end of the transition period but have not yet accumulated 5 years of continuous residence, you will need to apply for pre-settled status in order to continue residing in the United Kingdom. You will have until the 30th of June 2021 to do so.
  2. Afterwards: if you wish to move to the U.K. after the expiration of the transition period, you will no longer be covered by the withdrawal agreement but by the agreements that will have to be agreed on between the EU and the United Kingdom regarding future relations. At this stage, it is not possible to specify what this means exactly. The European Institutions and the Belgian authorities wish to maintain close links with the U.K. in the future.

In the case of a no-deal:

The United Kingdom will leave the EU from 1 November 2019 and EU law will then cease to apply. Your situation will  depend on British authorities. At this stage, the British government has agreed to maintain unilaterally your rights in terms of stay, but nothing can be guaranteed with absolute certitude. The European Institutions and the Belgian authorities are fully involved in defending your interests.


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