The Local Europe ABVasagatan 10111 20 StockholmSweden
Britain's exit from the EU on October 31st with a deal now looks a lot more likely there are still some hurdles to overcome - the European Council has to endorse the deal and British MPs have to approve it, which proved the sticking point for previous Prime Minister Theresa May.
So while nothing has been given the green light by the British parliament it's important to remember that the Citizens Rights part of the deal – the 50-odd page section that formed PART TWO of the Withdrawal Agreement – remains unchanged from when it was thrashed out a year ago.
So while we wait to see what will happen next, we have an idea of what's in store for Brits in Germany.
And the good news is that the transition period, which basically keeps relations between the EU and the UK as they are now will immediately kick in when the UK leaves and run until December 2020. However it could be extended by one or two years if agreed by both sides, the EUs Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.
So people who want to move to an EU country but have not made the move yet can come here on the same terms as before until the end of December 2020 (or the end of the agreed transition period). And Brits who want to move from one EU country to another can also do so as they would have done if they were EU citizens until the end of 2020.
This contrasts with a no-deal scenario when all such rights would end on Brexit day.
Here's a quick recap of what the Brexit deal will mean for British residents in Germany.
READ ALSO: The ultimate Brexit checklist for Brits in Germany
Citizens rights group British in Europe said of the deal when Theresa May first agreed it: "It's reasonable to say that for those who are happily settled in their country of residence, work solely in that country, have retired there or are pre-retired, have no wish or need to move to or work or study in another EU country, fulfill all the requirements for exercising treaty rights and don't rely on professional qualifications, then your rights should be covered."
But it's not all plain sailing.
UK nationals living in Germany will need to apply for a residence permit from their local foreigners authority (Ausländerbehörde) and this applies whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal. You must hold a valid passport when applying for the permit. Some foreigners authorities have already published information or are planning a procedure for voluntary registration/application before the UK’s exit from the EU. In the event of a deal, Brits will likely have until the end of any transition period (and possibly longer) to apply for a permit. In future it probably means criminal checks will be carried out on applicants as well as checks to make sure they meet the requirements legal residence. That might be a problem if residents don't have the resources to prove they are self-sufficient
SEE ALSO: BREXIT: What complications do Brits face in obtaining residency permits?
And of course all this depends on the UK managing to settle the thorny issue of the Irish border, then Boris Johnson convincing MPs to back the deal he has negotiated.
For more information on the citizens rights part of the withdrawal agreement you can visit the British in Europe website.
Please log in here to leave a comment.