Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Brexit Issues

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Dublin Bay North, Fianna Fail)
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408. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if suitable arrangements will be put in place to facilitate non-EU citizens married to UK citizens living here post Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3331/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy will be aware that the United Kingdom left the European Union at midnight (CET) on 31 January 2020 on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement. This Agreement includes a transition period which is due to last until at least 31 December 2020.

During the transition period EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK and its citizens who will still benefit from the Freedom of Movement Directive, i.e. the right of British EU citizens to live and work in the EU.

This means that, until the transition period ends, non-EEA family members of a British EU citizen who are residing in this State are still subject to the provisions of the Free Movement Directive and the exercise of EU Treaty rights and entitlements.

In accordance with existing requirements, applicants are advised to update my Department if there is any change in their circumstances including a change in their relationship status with their relevant British citizen family member, their civil status and/or a change of address. They can contact my Department by email at eutreatyrights@justice.ie.

Details of further arrangements for non-EEA family members of British citizens will be announced closer to the end of the transition period.


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