By Sophie Maes, Firm: Claeys & Engels

The UK has now officially left the European Union. What are the consequences for UK workers in the EU?The UK has now officially left the European Union. What are the consequences for UK workers in the EU?

On 29 January 2020, the EU Parliament approved the Withdrawal Agreement.

As a result, although the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, UK nationals may continue to work and live in the EU until the end of the transition period. The transition period runs until 31 December 2020, but could potentially be extended up to a maximum of two years.

UK workers (and their family members) who have exercised their right of residence in a member state in accordance with EU law before the end of the transition period may continue to live and work in that member state after the transition period.

The EU social security coordination rules will also continue to apply during the transition period.

UK nationals arriving after the transition period will be subject to local immigration rules, unless a new agreement between the EU (for the relevant member state) and the UK is agreed.