We work together to represent the thousands of Brits living and working across Austria – and with Britishineurope.org for over 1 million British in the EU
This website is an extension of the Facebook Group British in Europe ~ Austria, which in turn is part of British in Europe. The group was established to keep British citizens in Austria up-to-date on Brexit negotiations and their post-Brexit rights. Given Austria’s federal composition, with some areas of legislation e.g. property ownership by third country nationals varying from province to province, while residency is covered under national (federal) law, it is important for the site to provide clear and accessible information.
Effects of Brexit for British citizens living in Austria
The Withdrawal AgreementWithdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020. If you are resident in Austria at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Austria. Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration enables both EU citizens and UK nationals, as well as their respective family members, to continue to exercise their rights derived from Union law in each other’s territories, for the rest of their lives, where those rights are based on life choices made before the end of the transition periodTransition Period The transition period (also referred to as the implementation period) is the period following the UK's departure from the European Union (on 31.01.2020) until the end of 2020. An option to extend this period has not been taken up by the UK government. (i.e. before 31 December 2020). These over 3 million EU citizens in the United Kingdom, and over 1 million UK nationals in EU countries, as well as their respective family members, can continue to live, work or study in the host state as they currently do under the same substantive conditions as under Union law, benefiting in full from the application of the prohibition of any discrimination on grounds of nationality and of the right to equal treatment compared to host state nationals.