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News, 06/02/2017

United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

In a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU, held on 23 June 2016, as many as 51.9 per cent of voters chose to leave the European Union. As a result of the referendum, the UK submitted its formal withdrawal notification to the EU on 29 March 2017. The notification marked the beginning of a two-year negotiation period for the terms of withdrawal, which will end on 29 March 2019. The Embassy of Finland continues to follow closely the preparation of the UK's exit from the EU.

You can find more information on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union from the website of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign affairs: Brexit and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The negotiation documents are published on the European Commission website:

Along the rights and status of EU nationals, one of the key issues for Finnish people living in the UK is economic uncertainty, the effects of which are still difficult to predict. The embassy continues to follow the negotiations and the discussion of the status of EU nationals closely.

Frequently asked questions

We have collected answers to frequently asked questions here. Please also see the document by European Commission Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement.

The embassy monitors the rights of Finnish citizens in the UK. We respond to enquiries and, when needed, offer consular services to Finnish citizens as usual. If you are a British citizen living in Finland or planning to move to Finland, please see the website of Finnish immigration service: British citizen: register your right of residence as soon as possible. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions. You can find our contact details here

Read more:
Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Brexit and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
European Commission: Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement
Representation of the European Commission in the UK: EU citizens' rights and Brexit Status of EU nationals in the UK: what you need to know Information about the UK leaving the EU Advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe
European Commission: Brexit negotiations
Eurooppatiedotus: Kysymyksiä ja vastauksia Ison-Britannian EU-erosta (in Finnish)

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