British people can continue to work in Belgium until the end of 2020
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British people can continue to work in Belgium until the end of 2020

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The 21,000 British people that live in Belgium can continue to work in the country until the end of 2020, Employment minister Kris Peeters announced during a Minister’s council meeting. 
The government approved a new royal decree on Friday, just one of the initiatives it is taking in case of a no deal Brexit. The new decree deals with what will happen to British workers in Belgium, who could lose their right to work in the country if there is a “no deal” Brexit. 

If there is a no Brexit deal, British people that arrive in Belgium after the 29th of March (the date the UK will leave the EU) will not automatically have the right to work there. They will be subject to the same rules as people from countries outside the EU.  

Belgium wants the UK to reciprocate this gesture by giving the 35,000 Belgians living in the UK the same rights. “Transitory measures have been drawn up in case there is no withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU. Of course, we are still hoping the UK will approve the Brexit deal”, Mr Peeters said.


The Brussels Times

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