Sunday, 10 April 2016

InFacts: Brexit puts UK expats’ rights in jeopardy

InFacts: Brexit puts UK expats’ rights in jeopardy

by George Peretz

"One of the first things you learn when you study EU law is that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) protects EU citizens who move to other EU countries. In one important ECJ case, it was said that any EU citizen can claim “civis europeus sum” – I am a European citizen. That principle of EU law means that every Brit living or owning property elsewhere in the EU has a vast range of legal rights: to work, to run a business, to buy property, to live where they like, to use public services such as health, to pay no more taxes than locals, to vote in local elections and so on.

Depending on the final outcome of any post-Brexit deal, all of those rights could vanish if the UK leaves the EU."

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