What does Brexit mean for British citizens living in the EU27?

What does Brexit mean for British citizens living in the EU27?


A lesser-known story about brexit is
what it means to the British citizens who have benefited from freedom of
movement. Nearly 1 million Britons have made their homes and lives across the
European Union. And contrary to popular belief 74 percent are of working age and
below. Brexit has legal and financial consequences for their lives, significant
implications for the terms on which they live, work and study and their continued
access to health care and benefits. They have a range of feelings about brexit
just like the British population as a whole. And while the Withdrawal
Agreement ensures that those lawfully resident will be permitted the right to
remain, there are some whose individual circumstances mean their lives have been
thrown into disarray. It has also made them question their identities,
citizenship and their place in the world. It cuts their claim to being European
and challenges their relationship to Britain and Britishness.
To address their uncertainties about their futures some are considering dual
nationality, others residence permits or just waiting to see what brexit means
for them. For some there is no other option but to return to Britain. While
only time will tell what Britain’s exit from the European Union means for
Britain’s resident in the EU, our research for the Brexit Brits abroad project
reveals how its effects are already being felt in their everyday lives.

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