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Supplementary rules on the rights of British citizens in Sweden

11 November 2020 klockan 16.30

Uppdated 11 November 2020 klockan 16.41

In response to Brexit - the UK's withdrawal from the European Union - the Riksdag has voted in favour of new rules that will apply to certain British citizens who live and work in Sweden.

When the UK left the EU on 1 February 2020, a withdrawal agreement started to apply. EU rules continue to apply to the UK during a transition period up to and including 31 December 2020, unless a decision is taken to extend this period. Once the transition period is over, the rules of the withdrawal agreement come into force, among other things, concerning protection of British citizens who live and work in EU member states.

In Sweden, this primarily applies to British citizens with families who, at the end of the transition period, are living and working here on the basis of EU law. Following a proposal from the Government, the Riksdag has adopted rules that will supplement the withdrawal agreement concerning the right of these individuals to travel to Sweden and to work and live here. The British citizens that this concerns are to apply to the Swedish Migration Agency for a new residence status. Those who are granted this status will, in principle, have the same right to live and work in Sweden as EEA citizens.

The amendments will come into force on 1 December 2020.