Brexit: £3 Million Grant to Help UK Nationals With EU Residence Forms

Lauren Simmonds

August the 30th, 2019 – The Brexit process is still ongoing, and with backlash directed towards British PM Boris Johnson as he decides to prorogue parliament, after saying he isn’t inclined to do such a thing just several weeks before, the political situation in the UK is far from improving.

Many are calling the prime minister’s actions unconstitutional, and firmly believe that trying to force through a no deal exit by shutting down parliament in a parliamentary democracy is undemocratic. As British MPs scramble to pass legislation to force the PM’s hand to stop a no deal exit, let’s look at any updates there might be for British citizens living in the rest of the European Union, with a focus of course on Croatia.

As the Brexit process has dragged on, I’ve written several articles about what Brexit, be it with or without a deal, means for Croatia’s resident Brits. Let’s look at what we know so far, with links provided.

The article on what Brexit with Theresa May’s now likely dead deal (withdrawal agreement) means if this affects you can be read here.

The article on what Brexit means if this affects you in layman’s terms can be found here.

The article on how to prepare for all possible Brexit scenarios can be found here.

The article on the amendments to Croatian law to allow the continuation of residence rights for British nationals after Brexit (in the case of a no deal) can be found here.

TCN had a meeting with the British ambassador and we agreed to be a source of updates for British nationals in Croatia, you can read that here.

MUP issued some guidelines after we did, and our article explaining them and providing advice can be found here. MUP’s original post on their website can be found here.

Please note that given the fact that Brexit day has been delayed multiple times (and could be again), the dates mentioned in these articles are indeed now false, so please ignore them, however, the information in them remains accurate.

Here’s our latest article on what a no deal Brexit means for Croatia’s resident Brits. It details how you can secure your residence, and how Croatia will protect your residence rights through transitional measures with no end date, providing that you have correctly registered your residence. If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to do it before October the 31st, 2019.

Little help has been given to British nationals living in the EU, many of whom were not allowed to even vote in the referendum in 2016. The UK has unilaterally promised to guarantee the residence rights of EU nationals in the UK, through the Settlement Scheme. The EU’s instruction to member states was to be ”generous and pragmatic” in giving residence rights to British nationals in their countries. Croatia has done so, and the link I provided above will explain what that means and what you need to do in detail.

As the BBC reports on the 30th of August, 2019, British nationals in the EU are finally getting a Brexit shaped bone thrown to them by the government, at long last, and a £3 million fund has been set up to help UK nationals resident in the rest of the EU with residence formalities.

The scheme can be used by anyone, but is aimed primarily at those who might find themselves less able to deal with it all alone, such as pensioners, disabled people, those living in remote areas and those who require help with translation. The scheme will be carried out by volunteer organisations and charities.

As the BBC writes, Dominic Raab wants to help UK nationals ”get ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances”.

Make sure to stay up to date with our dedicated politics page for more on Brexit and what it means for you.

Click here to find out how to register as a British/EU citizen before the end of October and get a registration certificate and/or a residence card, if you have not yet done so.


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