German Embassy London and Consulate General Edinburgh

The German Government approved the Brexit Residence Transition Act on 31 July for a situation where the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal Agreement.

The aim of the bill is to create legal certainty for all UK nationals and their families who have used EU freedom of movement and made decisions affecting their lives in Germany in the belief that this freedom of movement would continue.

The bill ensures that all UK nationals and their families residing in Germany under EU freedom of movement rules at the time of withdrawal will be able to receive a residence permit. Furthermore, the bill creates the necessary provisions on residence to ensure that these people will continue to have access to the German labour market.

The law must still be approved by the German Bundestag. It will only enter into force if withdrawal occurs without an Agreement.

The bill will be published in the near future.

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