The people at the new Department for Exiting the European Union(DExEU) have finally cleared up some of the confusion over Brexit.
The DExEU has compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions for expats, voters and EU migrants living in Britain.
Here are some of the responses that most impact expats:
No second referendum – As Prime Minster Theresa May says Brexit means Brexit and Britain will be doing just that
Triggering Article 50 – The government views Article 50 as the only lawful way of leaving the EU and the process will start by the end of March 2017
MPS won’t vote on Article 50 – Downing Street believes the Prime Minister has the power to take the decision without consulting Parliament and aims to prove the case before the Supreme Court in December
Will Britain adopt a model settlement with the EU? – No. The government does not seek an off-the-shelf package such as that offered to Norway or Switzerland
“It’s going to be an agreement between an independent, sovereign UK and the EU. We want that relationship to reflect the kind of mature, cooperative relationship that close friends and allies enjoy,” said a Downing Street spokesman
What will happen to British expats living in Europe? – The Downing Street spokesman explained that the government wants to secure the rights of expats in the EU and their status had not changed as the result of the referendum.
“At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the people of the United Kingdom,” he said
What is the Great Repeal Bill? – The bill is a proposed new law that will come into force on the day Britain leaves the EU. The bill will transfer control of EU rules and regulations to the UK government
Parliament can then amend, repeal or keep each law as required
The message for expats is if the EU respects the rights of British nationals living in Europe, Britain will do the same for Europeans living in the UK.
“The Prime Minister has been clear that she wants to protect the rights of UK citizens living in European member states, in the same way that we want to protect the status of EU nationals already living here,” said the spokesman.