The embassy of Finland has followed closely the preparation of the UK's exit from the EU ever since the referendum took place in the end of June 2016. Negotiations on the terms of UK's departure and the future relationship between the EU and the UK have begun.
On 27th March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk to notify him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, officially triggering the Article 50. After this, negotiations on the terms of UK's departure and the future relationship between the EU and the UK begun in June 2017. European Commission publishes information on the negotiation process and principles here: Brexit negotiations.
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 very difficult to predict. The embassy will be following the negotiations and the discussion of the status of EU-nationals closely.
We have collected answers to frequently asked questions here. Please also see the website of Eurooppatiedotus: Kysymyksiä ja vastauksia Ison-Britannian EU-erosta (in Finnish) for more information, and the memo European Commission published in December 2017: Questions and Answers – the rights of EU27 and UK citizens post-Brexit, as outlined in the Joint Report from the Negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government.
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.
Gov.uk: Status of EU nationals in the UK: what you need to know
Gov.uk: Status of EU nationals in the UK – email alerts
Representation of the European Commission in the UK: EU citizens' rights and Brexit
European Commission: Questions and Answers – the rights of EU27 and UK citizens post-Brexit, as outlined in the Joint Report from the Negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government
Gov.uk: Information about the UK leaving the EU
Gov.uk: Advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe
European Commission: Brexit negotiations