Brexit – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union
In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, a 52 per cent majority of voters in the UK voted to leave the European Union. On 29 Mars 2017 the UK applied for a withdrawal from the EU. The United Kingdom is expected to leave the EU by 1 February 2020.
This page contains more information on the work of the Government and the Government Offices in response to the Brexit process, including preparations for a withdrawal. This includes a description of what a no-deal withdrawal would entail and what regulatory amendments have been implemented to deal with it, and what Brexit means for the business sector and the citizens who are particularly affected.
Current state of the Brexit process
The Government is assessing developments continuously. This page contains information on the current situation.
What happens in the event of a no-deal withdrawal?
A withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without an agreement would have consequences for private individuals in Sweden. For example, it would affect the rules concerning travel to and from the UK and which rules apply regarding online shopping from the UK.
What does Brexit mean for the citizens who are particularly affected?
This page contains information on what Brexit will mean for particularly affected citizens, namely Swedish and other European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and UK citizens living in Sweden or another EU Member State.
What does Brexit mean for the business sector?
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union will affect companies that trade with the UK or are affected by UK participation in the single market in other ways. The business sector must follow the development of negotiations and prepare for all conceivable outcomes.
Contingency planning to handle a no-deal
The Government, in cooperation with relevant agencies, is conducting contingency planning to address the serious consequences that would arise if the UK were to leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. This concerns identifying, planning and carrying out the measures required to deal with the effects of such a scenario.
Regulatory amendments to deal with Brexit
An important part of preparing for a no-deal withdrawal of the United Kingdom is implementing necessary regulatory amendments in both EU legislation and Swedish statutes.
Content about Brexit - the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union
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Brexit and the single market at the EU Summit
When Prime Minister Stefan Löfven meets his colleagues in Brussels on 21–22 March, Brexit will dominate the meeting’s first day. The EU heads of state and government will also address the EU’s long-term climate strategy and discuss jobs, growth and competitiveness.
Minister for EU Affairs to receive Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee
On Thursday 14 March, Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren will receive Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. Mr Dahlgren and Ms McEntee will discuss current issues such as Brexit, the EU budget, migration and the rule of law.
Social protection following Brexit
The Government wishes to mitigate the consequences for Swedish citizens in the United Kingdom in the event that the country leaves the EU without reaching any agreement whatsoever on how this withdrawal is to take place. Among other things, the government bill submitted to the Riksdag proposes that, in the event of a hard Brexit, it should still be possible to pay Swedish social security benefits to individuals in the United Kingdom over a transitional period. It is also proposed that it should still be possible to receive compensation for healthcare expenses over the same period.
Transitional solution for continued access to investment services following Brexit
Today the Government will present a bill to the Riksdag to make it possible to exempt companies from the United Kingdom for a limited time from the requirement to hold a licence from Finansinspektionen (the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority) to provide investment services.
Proposals aiming to offer EU citizens continued entitlement to social security benefits after Brexit
In the social security area, the immediate effect of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is that central EU legal provisions will no longer apply. To prevent any acute consequences, the Government is planning to take measures that will primarily mitigate the effects that may arise for individuals during the initial period after the withdrawal. The proposals aim to allow a period of adjustment.
Setback in process for an orderly withdrawal
On 15 January, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament voted by a large majority to reject the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement. This means a setback in the process for an orderly UK withdrawal. It does not mean that the process has ended.
Proposals to counter the most serious consequences of a no-deal Brexit for UK nationals in Sweden
In a memorandum, proposals are presented that aim to counter the most serious consequences of a no-deal Brexit for United Kingdom nationals currently living and working in Sweden. The proposals will only become relevant should the UK leave the European Union without an agreement on transition regulations being in place.