We’ve asked the Norwegian authorities for an update on what will happen to Norwegians in the UK after Brexit — read their answers here.
There are still concerns about whether Norwegians will be part of the deal that the UK has negotiated with the other EU-countries, and how it might affect Norwegian citizens living in the UK once Brexit is a reality. We want to provide answers, and have previously written about the commenced negotiations between UK and Norway in light of Brexit.
Now, we have asked the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain the results of these negotiations, so we can get a real idea of what the consequences for Norwegian citizens living in the UK will be. We’ve spoken to Niels Engelschiøn, Director General of the Department for European Affairs. Read his answers here.
What consequences will Brexit have for Norwegian citizens in the UK? Are there reasons to be worried?
British authorities have said that they want Norwegian citizens living in the UK, along with citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein and EU’s member states residing in the UK, to be able to continue to live and work in the UK the same way they do today. There is political agreement on this, but the work to anchor this in a legal agreement (since the UK now exits the current framework of agreements that regulate these rights today), is still not concluded, Engelschiøn explained.
Do Norwegians, like EU citizens, have to apply for «Settled Status» if they don’t have a residence permit in the UK? Or will other rules apply for Norway/EEA?
Norway is not part of the deal between EU and the UK, and the work to establish a separate agreement for Norwegian citizens with the same terms, is still ongoing. Prime Minister Theresa May has offered Norwegian citizens in the UK the same rights as the EU27-citizens, and we, on the Norwegian side, have offered British citizens in Norway the equivalent. We are working toward an arrangement with “settled status” also for Norwegian citizens, in line with citizens from both EU countries and the other two EEA countries, Iceland and Liechtenstein. British authorities regularly update their information on this, made available through their website. We recommend: Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know, said Engelschiøn.
Does Norwegian authorities do anything to ease the transition to Brexit for Norwegian citizens in the UK?
To secure Norwegian citizens’ rights in the UK and British citizens’ rights in Norway is a common first priority in the work that is now being done between Norway and the UK. There is agreement about that Norwegian citizens living, working and studying etc. in the UK, should be able to keep the rights and duties they’ve earned in the country, and similiarly for Britons in Norway. We are working now to get this down in a judicial deal that will come into force from the moment the UK no longer is a part of today’s framework of agreements, Engelschiøn said.
The negotiations have not ended yet, but the British and Norwegian authorities seem to agree on the most important issue, which is letting Norwegian citizens in the UK continue to stay in the country without major complications. As a deal has still not been struck, Norwegians Worldwide will continue to keep you updated on this case.
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