What will be the impact of Brexit if I wish to move to the United Kingdom in order to live there?
Until 31 January 2020
The current situation is maintained. As long as you meet the conditions set out under EU law, you may settle in the United Kingdom with your family members.
According to current EU law, beyond a short stay of a maximum of 3 months, you may live in the UK if you:
- work there as an employee
- carry out an activity there as a self-employed person
- study there (providing that you have enough income to provide for yourself and any family members and are covered by comprehensive health insurance).
- stay there, as long as you are living on your own means of subsistence (provided you have sufficient income for you and your family and are covered by comprehensive health insurance);
- are looking for a job there (as long as you are actively looking for a job and have genuine chances of being hired).
From 1 February 2020
When the withdrawal agreement is ratified:
- Until 31 December 2020 (longer if the transition period is extended): the current situation is maintained. You may therefore still take up residence in the United Kingdom as long as you meet the conditions set out under EU law.
If you settle in the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period, you are legally allowed to stay until 30 June 2021 and after this date if your 'pre-settled status' application is successful.
In other words, if you settled in the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period (31/12/2020), but have not yet accumulated 5 years of continuous legal residence, you will need to apply for 'pre-settled status' before the 30 June 2021 in order to continue to live in the United Kingdom (see question 2).
- Thereafter: if you wish to settle in the United Kingdom after the end of the transition period, you will no longer be covered by the withdrawal agreement but by the future agreements between the EU and the United Kingdom regarding future relations. At this stage, it is not possible to specify exactly what this means. European institutions and the Belgian authorities wish to maintain close links with the British authorities in the future.