The current response from the European Commission does not foresee any negotiation of reciprocal agreements protecting the rights of EU citizens already legally resident within the UK, and those for expat Brits similarly living and working within other EU member states, prior to the triggering of Article 50 which will initiate the process of Britain leaving the EU.
In advance of such uncertainty, therefore, some expat Brits e.g. such as Betty Chatterjee below, are already taking the opportunity to apply for joint citizenship where they are currently EU resident.
MPs should also take due note concerning the seriousness of the potential expat vote, when the British government’s “Votes for Life” bill comes for debate before them, when she adds:“In the meantime my interest in British politics has been sharpened. I have joined the Lib Dems and given the chance, would most certainly vote in British elections.”
Betty Chatterjee in the latest comment on our Sign-up poll says:
“I have lived in Denmark since 1972. Until the law was changed last year making it possible to have joint citizenship, it did not occur to me to apply for Danish citizenship. I was happy with my status as an expat Brit in Denmark. After all Britain and Denmark are both member states of the EU and I have a very strong sense of European identity.”
“Just after Brexit I send in my application for Danish citizenship and I hope it is granted before Britain finally leaves the EU.”
“In the meantime my interest in British politics has been sharpened. I have joined the Lib Dems and given the chance, would most certainly vote in British elections.”