Brexit concern - should I marry my British partner?
My partner and I have been living together in Belgium for 7 years now. I am Irish and he is British. We both have full-time permanent contracts with Belgian companies. We have become increasingly concerned with the lack of progress for any meaningful deal on Brexit and consequently, what this might mean for my partner’s right to live and work in Belgium after March next year. (I’m not expecting any mass deportations, but I’m still worried about complications arising out of this possible situation).
Although we had not previously been planning to marry, we are now considering doing so in large part due to our concerns that in the case of a no-deal Brexit the rights of British citizens to live and work may be jeopardised.
However, we’re not sure if this will even provide any guarantees in any case. Would anyone know if a non-EU citizen (which he will soon be) is married to an EU citizen (me) there is by marriage a right to live and work in Belgium?
Although he has been living in Belgium for over 7 years, for three years of that he was working in an EU institution which does not ‘count’ for applying for Belgian citizenship (which mandates living in Belgium for at least five years) so that option is out for the moment.
Thank you for any advice!
P.s. I should add that I'm very happy to marry my partner, it just wasn't really on the cards before Brexit :)