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UK government emails advice to 365,000 citizens across Europe as Brexit nears

Protesters of the 'Make Love, Not Brexit' movement with faces painted in EU and UK flags take part in an action on the first day of the EU summit meeting, Thursday 21 March 2019, at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)
11:10 24/11/2020

The UK government has written to 365,000 UK Nationals living in Europe with advice on the actions they need to take to prepare for the end of the UK transition period on 31 December. This includes 5,248 letters issued to people on the UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) database for Belgium.

In one of the largest direct mail campaigns to UK nationals living in EU and EFTA member states such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, the British government sent out advice on Tuesday to UK state pensioners and benefit recipients on how to register for residency and healthcare, exchange driving licences and check new passport validity rules online.

UK nationals resident in Belgium before 31 December can continue living and working in the country but may need to register or apply for residency. UK state pensioners will continue to receive their pensions as they do now.

Britons can find the most up to date information on actions they may need to take on the Living in Belgium section of the Gov.uk website

Written by Nick Amies