Fiona Godfrey, one of the deputy chairs of British in Europe and chair of British Immigrants Living in Luxembourg, spoke today with Reality Check Correspondent Chris Morris on the BBC Radio 4’s flagship morning news programme “Today”.
Fiona explains how the current situation for working Brits in the EU remains extremely unclear. While it is expected that those currently living in an EU Member State will retain their right to work in the Member State of their residence, those who work cross-border, either physically or virtually, will lose that right unless something new is negotiated.
While Fiona is a Luxembourg resident and in such a small country almost inevitably has to work cross-border, Helen lives in the much larger country of France, and yet still needs to seek cross-border work, in this case during the off-season at her ski chalet.
Both are currently seeking dual nationality in their respective countries, an option which is open to Brits in Germany who have the necessary years of residency here, but is only guaranteed until the Brexit date–29 March 2019–after which they may fall foul of Germany’s Single Nationality rule.
Their interview can be best heard on the BBC’s Full Facts website.
Or here on the Today Programme at 44:38 minutes in.
For those who choose to give up their UK citizenship in order to gain a German one post Brexit, the UK government has once more shown how it is wants to help, by hiking the fees.
However, not only Brits already in Europe are going to face difficulties. There are also Brits in the UK who also need to travel to Europe to work, if not necessary live. The BBC Today programme yesterday featured an orchestra in the UK who are now concerned about their ability to easily travel to the EU to perform. The report can be found at 1:43:00 in on this broadcast.
And finally in what was a busy week for UK Citizens in the EU on Radio 4, this final report discusses the position of UK citizens in Spain (and by extension in Germany) with regard to their Registration (Anmeldung in Germany) and continuing Freedom of Movement, etc. The report can be found at 42:00 in on this broadcast.
To show how difficult Citizen’s Rights are, Europe Street News has helpfully produced the following summary chart.