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Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit)

CERN’s Host States have published information about Brexit on the following websites:

Furthermore, the Swiss and French authorities have confirmed that, as in the past,

  • the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs will issue cartes de légitimation, and
  • the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will issue special residence permits (TSS) to British nationals who meet the required conditions.

In addition, the Gex sous-préfecture has provided the following information:

1. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period lasting until 31 December 2020, during which British nationals will retain all the rights accorded to them as European nationals, including exemption from the requirement to hold a residence permit. The provisions of this agreement apply to British nationals and their family members who were already residing in France on the date of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union or who take up residence in France before 31 December 2020. These individuals will receive specific “United Kingdom’s EU withdrawal agreement” residence permits, for which they must apply before 1 July 2021. They will not be required to hold a residence permit before that date at the earliest. To handle online applications, a new website adapted to the provisions of the withdrawal agreement will be launched in summer 2020. The website launched on 9 October 2019 in preparation for a no-deal Brexit has now been taken down, but applications submitted before its closure will be kept so that the individuals concerned do not need to apply again (they will receive an e-mail informing them of this).

Update March 2021: British citizens whose functions end after 30 June 2021 will be subject to common law, see https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/N110.

2. British nationals who arrive in France after 31 December 2020 will be subject to the provisions of common law or of any agreement that may be drawn up in the meantime.

3. The Secretary-General of the Gex sous-préfecture will participate in a public information session, which will be held in the CERN Council Chamber from 10.30 a.m. until noon on 30 March 2020.

Update March 2021: this meeting was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all information concerning Brexit and CERN see https://hr.web.cern.ch/content/brexit-and-cern

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