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Important notices

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Important notices

Less than three months remain until the end of the transitional period. The Ministry of the Interior recommends to British citizens, in connection with their stay in the Czech Republic after the end of the transitional period, to follow its recommendations: 4th Recommendation of the Ministry o Interior of the Czech Republic for the Citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in connection with the Brexit (pdf, 114 kB)

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General information

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General information

On February 1st, 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period until December 31st, 2020 during which EU law continues to apply to the United Kingdom (for more info see Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (pdf, 2,4 MB)). Its aim was to ensure that the main political and economic links between the European Union and the United Kingdom were not severed from one day to the next upon departure. The transition period also provides the time needed to negotiate the future relationship.

The Political Declaration on future relationship anchoring the fundamental principles for future agreement envisages a close economic and security partnership. In accordance with the Political Declaration and within the negotiating mandate agreed by the Member States, the EU’s chief negotiator M. Barnier presented the draft text of a comprehensive Agreement on the New Partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom in mid-March.

Since then, the European Union and the United Kingdom have continued with regular rounds of negotiations. Due to persisting significant differences, the Heads of EU institutions and Prime Minister B. Johnson agreed in June 2020 to intensify the negotiations. In addition to formal rounds of negotiations, the chief negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom have started discussing issues on a weekly basis. The aim is to use the remaining time as efficiently as possible to conclude negotiations on future partnership. Indeed, it is no longer possible to further extend the transition period.

Even if an agreement on the future partnership is concluded by the end of the year, the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom will fundamentally change. Therefore, the EU Member States, their citizens and businesses, as well as the entire EU must prepare for the consequences of the end of the transition period, irrespective of the result of negotiations on the future agreement.

Guide for UK citizens in the CZ (pdf, 40 kB)

  

Implications of Brexit in the Area of Home Affairs

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Implications of Brexit in the Area of Home Affairs

CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Based on the withdrawal agreement, there are no changes during the transition period on the existing rights of British citizens and their family members residing in the Czech Republic. After the end of the transition period, the citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members who have resided in the Czech Republic and continue to reside here after 31 December 2020 will retain all their existing rights associated with their stay in the Czech Republic. In order to preserve these rights, it is necessary to prove legal status in the Czech Republic, for example by holding a temporary or permanent residence permit.

In this context, the Czech Republic published recommendations for the citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and their family members residing in the Czech Republic who intend  to continue to reside here after 31 December 2020 (recommendation of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic for the Citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in connection with the brexit (pdf, 114 kB).
 

POLICE COOPERATION

Cooperation of the Czech and UK law enforcement authorities during the transition period is (on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement) regulated by the existing EU rules. This concerns e.g. cooperation involving Europol, Schengen Information System or other areas, such as exchange of information in criminal investigations. The Czech Republic prefers to keep the cooperation as close and efficient as possible even after the end of this transition period (i.e. since the beginning of 2021 at the earliest), however, its form and extent on the EU level will be known only after the end of negotiations on future partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
 

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

The EU rules form the basis of data protection both in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. These rules continue to apply (on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement) even after Brexit. Personal data protection as well as transfer of personal data between the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom are thus without changes until the end of the transition period (i.e. at least until the end of 2020). The Czech Republic prefers to keep the data protection rules of the European Union and the United Kingdom as compatible as possible even after the end of the transition period and the transfer of personal data between the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom as simple as possible. However, the decisive factor in this regard will be the evaluation of actual level of protection of personal data in the United Kingdom which should be timely prepared by the Commission.

  

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Frequently asked questions

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Frequently asked questions

HOW DOES BREXIT AFFECT ME?

You have British citizenship as well as citizenship of another European Union Member State

  • As an EU citizen, you will continue to have the right to freedom of movement that is to move and reside freely anywhere in the European Union, regardless of Brexit. You will also be able to keep your British citizenship.
     

What you should do

  • If you have not yet done so, ensure that the Czech authorities, in particular the Ministry of the Interior, are notified of your other citizenship. If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than three months apply for a certificate of temporary residence. Registration of residence is not obligatory for the EU citizens but we recommend you to register. Otherwise, the authority will not be aware that you have an ongoing right to freedom of movement.
     

You have both British and Czech citizenship

  • As a Czech citizen, you have right to reside, to enter and to leave the territory of the Czech Republic. All Czech citizens are the EU citizen, which means you will continue to have the right to freedom of movement that is to move and reside freely anywhere in the European Union, regardless of Brexit. As a British citizen, you may nonetheless be able to invoke additional rights from the withdrawal agreement (concerning recognition of professional qualifications, etc.) You will be able to keep your British citizenship.
     

You are a British citizen and a family member of an EU citizen

  • If you are a family member of an EU citizen, you will retain the right to freedom of movement regardless of Brexit. You will be entitled to move and reside freely anywhere within the European Union if you accompany or join your family member who is an EU citizen. For more information who is an EU citizen and his family member, please, check relevant section of our website.
     

What you should do

  • If you are a family member of Czech or another EU citizen with a permanent residence permit and you have been living in the Czech Republic for more than two years, please, apply for a permanent residence permit.
     

You are a British citizen, you do not have citizenship of any other European Union Member State and you are not a family member of an EU citizen

What you should do

  

RIGHT OF RESIDENCE

Will I be allowed to stay in the Czech Republic as a British citizen?

  • Yes, you will. When the withdrawal agreement came into force, a transition period began and it will last until December 31st, 2020.* During this time, the United Kingdom will essentially be treated as an EU Member State. In terms of residence law, for the duration of the transition period set out in the withdrawal agreement, British citizens and their third-country national family members will be treated as though the United Kingdom were still a European Union member state. EU freedom of movement regulations will continue to apply during this time.
    For the time after the end of the transition period, the Ministry of the Interior is currently drawing up legislation for those people whose rights are governed by the withdrawal agreement. Generally, British citizens and their family members who had the right to free movement before Brexit will be in a very similar legal situation to the present one within the Czech Republic, in line with the withdrawal agreement.
    British citizens who have never resided in the Czech Republic before or during transition period, will be treated as the third-country nationals from January 1st, 2021* and they will be subject to same rights, obligations and procedures as other third-country nationals without right to free movement.

    * Disclaimer: The transition period is due to last until 31 December 2020. The transition period can be extended according to the withdrawal agreement if the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland agree to extend the transition period by July 1st, 2020.
     

Who will be able to invoke rights under the withdrawal agreement?

  • The withdrawal agreement applies to all British citizens and all EU citizens who currently have the right to freedom of movement and who are living in the UK or in the EU at the end of the transition period, as well as to their family members.
    If you are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen and you moved to the Czech Republic before the end of the transition period, you will be able to invoke the rights set out in the withdrawal agreement as long as you continue to live in the Czech Republic.
    To be able to invoke any rights under the withdrawal agreement, please, apply a certificate of temporary residence or a permanent residence permit, if you have not yet done so.

ENTERING THE CZECH REPUBLIC

What will change when entering the Czech Republic?

  • EU freedom of movement regulations will continue to apply during the transition period, which means that as a British citizen you continue to have the right to enter the Czech Republic.
    There will be no change in the process at passport control for British citizens during the transition period. You will be treated the same as before and can continue to use the EasyPASS system, for example.

RIGHT TO VOTE

I have British citizenship only, can I vote in the Czech Republic?

  • No. After Brexit you will no longer have the right to vote or to stand as a candidate in the municipal elections and the elections to the European Parliament (foreigners cannot vote in any other elections).
     

I have both British and Czech citizenship, can I vote in the Czech Republic?

  • Yes, Czech citizens can vote and stand in all elections.
     

I have British citizenship and citizenship of another member state, can I vote?

  • Yes. Citizens of other member states, who have a permanent or registered temporary residence in the Czech Republic,
    - can vote in the municipal elections, if they request to be registered in the addendum to the voters list
    - can vote in the European Parliament elections, if they request to be registered in the European Parliament elections voters list.

    If you have been previously registered in the addendum to the voters list (in case of the municipal elections) or in the European Parliament elections voters list and the municipal authority in your place of residence is aware of your dual citizenship, you do not have to do anything. You can vote again in the same type of elections as you have done in the past. You can check your registration at your municipal authority.
    If you have been previously registered in the addendum to the voters list (in case of the municipal elections) or in the European Parliament elections voters list and the municipal authority in your place of residence is not aware of your dual citizenship, you have to request to be registered again.

  

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