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1 February 2020 – Transition period

During the transition period, all EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK. Virtually nothing will change for businesses or for the public. This will give everyone more time to prepare themselves for the new agreements that the EU and the UK will conclude concerning their future relationship after 31 December 2020.

Withdrawal Agreement of 12 November 2019

31 January 2020 – new Brexit deadline

Having agreed to a delay in October, EU leaders agreed to a so-called Brexit “flextension” until 31 January unless Parliament passes Johnson’s Brexit deal sooner – assuming he wins a majority at the polls in December.

The default position will be that if no deal is passed by Parliament, the UK will leave the EU without one on 31 January 2020. Leaving without a deal (or withdrawal agreement) means the UK would immediately exit the customs union and single market - arrangements designed to make trade easier.

UPDATE: April 11, 2019

Leaders of the European Union have granted the UK a six-month extension before Brexit takes place.

The new deadline - 31 October 2019 - averts, for now, the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. European Council President Donald Tusk said his "message to British friends" was "please do not waste time".

Theresa May, who had wanted a shorter delay, said the UK would still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible. The EU has ruled out any renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.

UPDATE: January 16, 2019

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, British passport holders will be considered third country nationals by countries within the Schengen area after 29 March 2019.

This means that, technically, UK nationals will be, with regards to nationality, eligible for a blue card in order to take up employment in any of the 25 blue card-issuing EU countries.

More info: UK Government


Working in the European Union

As a Network specialized in connecting EU employers with non-EU employees, UK nationals ask as to whether the EU Blue Card is available in order to work in the European Union.
The EU Blue Card is not yet an option for UK nationals. Possibly in the future. It would be logical as the EU blue card is available to all people who have a non-EU (and non-EEA) nationality, provided the brexit negotiations-result does not include an agreement on the free movement of people, and no other such arrangement has been agreed upon.

EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card is a work- and resident permit for skilled/educated non-EU nationals. In order to be eligible for the Blue Card, one must have a employment contract -or binding employment offer- issued by an organization located in a blue card-issuing country.

25 EU countries issue the Blue Card. The UK, Ireland and Denmark have never issued the Blue Card.

Any news regarding brexit and the Blue Card will be published here.

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