Confirmed: Brits in the Czech Republic to have two years’ protection under hard Brexit

Confirmed: Brits in the Czech Republic to have two years’ protection under hard Brexit

Last month, we wrote about a bill passed by Czech MPs in the lower house that would protect the rights of British nationals living in the Czech Republic in case of a hard Brexit.

When passing the bill, MPs also asked for it to be fast-tracked in the Czech Senate given the looming Brexit date of March 29.

Today, that bill was been approved by Czech senators in the upper house with a vote of 72-1, confirming the rights of British citizens residing in the Czech Republic over the next two years. It now awaits Miloš Zeman’s signature before being adopted into law, which should be a formality.

While the United Kingdom has a deadline of March 29 to approve conditions for leaving the EU, their government has yet to agree on those terms – leaving a lot of doubt about what may happen to its citizens across Europe if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement in place.

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In the Czech Republic, however, at least some of that doubt has been taken away.

Under the new bill, British nationals residing in the country will have the same rights as EU citizens across the next two years, until the end of 2020.

While British citizens currently in the Czech Republic may need to obtain additional documents to reside in the country after 2020, they now have more time to do so; the exact terms of what that might entail will hopefully become more clear following the March 29 Brexit date.

There are roughly 8,000 Britons living in the Czech Republic. According to recently-released stats, 4,000 UK citizens are working in Prague, the 8th-highest number of any nationality.

Lucas Němec

Prague-based author with two decades experience living in and writing about the Czech Republic for local and international sites and publications. Nakládaný hermelín enthusiast and frequent Club-Mate drinker.

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