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. Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to European Council in March 2017 to notify of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, triggering the Article 50.
Negotiations on the terms of UK's departure and the future relationship between the EU and the UK have begun. However, it is too early to predict what the outcome of those negotiations will be.
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. You can read Prime Minister May's letter here. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's comments can be read here: Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on UK’s EU withdrawal notification.
Negotiations on the terms of UK's departure and the future relationship between the EU and the UK have begun in June 2017. However, it is too early to predict what the outcome of those negotiations will be. UK government has published a White Paper on its vision of what the UK is seeking to achieve in the negotiations including a new partnership with the European Union. 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 gathered answers to frequently asked questions here. Please also see the Usein kysytyt kysymykset (in Finnish), and the website of Eurooppatiedotus: Kysymyksiä ja vastauksia Ison-Britannian EU-erosta (in Finnish) for more information.
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.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find our contact details here, or get in touch via the feedback form on our website. We try to answer the questions covered on the Embassy's website in a manner that helps all the Finnish citizens.
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
Gov.uk: Information about the UK leaving the EU
Gov.uk: The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper
Plan for Britain: Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50
Gov.uk: Advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe
European Commission: Brexit negotiations