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Brexit – supplementary provisions concerning the rights of UK nationals
The Government decided today to refer a proposal to the Council on Legislation on provisions concerning the rights of UK nationals that supplement those contained in the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The proposals concern the rights of certain UK nationals to enter, reside and work in Sweden.
The UK left the EU on 1 February 2020 but during the transition period, ending on 31 December 2020, EU law still applies to the UK. The situation for UK nationals living in Sweden will not change during the transition period.
At the end of the transition period, EU law will cease to apply to UK nationals and, instead, the citizens’ rights provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement will apply.
In the proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration today, the Government proposes provisions that supplement those already contained in the Withdrawal Agreement.
The Government’s proposals include the following:
- UK nationals who settle here before the end of the transition period and their family members should apply for a new residence status. Anyone who is granted residence status will have the right to continue living and working in Sweden on essentially the same terms as an EU citizen
- The Swedish Migration Agency will be the agency responsible for issuing decisions concerning residence status. The Agency will also issue documents to frontier workers covered by the rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, i.e. UK nationals who work in Sweden but live in another country.
It is proposed that the provisions enter into force on 1 December 2020.
An equivalent system is in place for Swedes and other EU citizens residing in the UK.