On 23 June 2016, 51,9% of voters who participated in a referendum voted for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU). This is commonly referred to as 'Brexit.4

On 29 March 2017, the UK Government triggered the exit-process under article 50 TFEU. After a period of two years the UK will cease to be a member of the EU. The future relationship between the UK and the EU is subject to a two-year negotiation. The European Commission is conducting these negotiations directly with the UK Government and will champion the priorities and interests of the EU and its members states.

The Government of Flanders is arguing for a PLUS-agreement to be reached between the UK and the EU that does not significantly disrupt the extensive collaboration between the UK and Flanders. 

The UK and Belgium have important trade links, the vast majority of which runs through Flanders. The future partnership in numerous areas such as research, education, fisheries and energy should not cause new barriers to be established where none exist at the moment.

The General Representation actively tracks all Brexit developments in the UK, reports on them to the Government of Flanders and takes initiatives as and when they are appropriate. 

Read the Government of Flanders' outreach paper on Brexit:

Government of Flanders' outreach paper Brexit (pdf 279 kB)

For information on the rights of EU citizens in the UK, you can either go to the website of the Embassy of Belgium, or the websites of the European Commission and the Representation of the EU Commission in the UK.

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