Protection of UK Citizens in Sweden in the event of a no deal BREXIT

Proposals released by the Ministry of Justice in Sweden offers UK citizens and their family members exemption from the need to obtain a work and residence permit in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement on the 30th March 2019. Under the proposal, UK citizens and their family members will be able to continue residing in Sweden under the same conditions afforded today to EU citizens exercising their treaty rights under the principal of free movement.

The exemption will be a time-limited regulation and applies for a transitional period of one year from the date the UK leaves the EU on the 30th March 2019 through to 29th March 2020. Thereafter, work and residence permits will need to be sought from the Migration Agency if they wish to continue working and residing after the transition period expires.

The exemption will not apply to UK Citizens who at the time the UK leaves the EU have no right of residence or permanent residence in Sweden. This includes UK citizens who move to Sweden after 30th March 2019 and those who at this time have not fulfilled the requirements for right of residence.  

Ann Linde, Sweden’s EU Minister, stated that the exemption will give UK citizens the opportunity to go about their daily lives without having to face unnecessary difficulties in the event the UK crashes out of the EU without an agreement.

The proposal follows the recommendations set-out by the EU Commission’s Contingency Action Plan published in December as a result of the uncertainty in the UK surrounding the ratification of the withdrawal agreement at the time. The recommendations ask that member states take a generous approach to UK citizens’ rights in the EU, provided that the same is reciprocated by the UK.  

A no-deal Brexit looms ever larger now following the rejection of the withdrawal agreement by the UK Parliament on 15th January.

Full details of the proposal can be found here. The proposal is currently only available in Swedish, however sources have confirmed that an English version should be published at a later date.

If you have any concerns or would like to know more on how this will impact you and/or your UK workforce please reach out to a member of our immigration team.

José Vaz

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