Germany to help Brits stay EU citizens during Brexit transition period
Britons living in Germany who meet the requirements will be able to become German citizens during the post-Brexit transition period, according to a bill being drafted by Berlin.
The draft law, called Brexit-Ãbergangsgesetz (or BrexitÃG for short) and seen by POLITICOâs Brussels Playbook, is being prepared to allow a Brexit transition period, which was agreed to in principle by negotiators earlier this year, to be translated into German national law.
If passed, the law would treat the U.K. legally as an EU member until the final day of the transition, with any Brits who apply for a German passport before the end of the period to be treated as EU nationals. That will enable them to keep both their British passport and their new, EU one, despite the fact Germany generally doesnât allow dual citizenship.
Linn Selle, the new president of the European Movement Germany, said she was pleased with these âgenerous rules for British nationals,â which will send âthe right sign for the Europe-friendly Britons.â
âAfter all, only [52 percent] wanted Brexit. Most of them would probably know by now that they better remain Europeans. A German EU passport can certainly help,â she said.
Although the transition period along with other aspects of the withdrawal such as citizensâ rights and the U.K.âs financial settlement have been agreed in principle, these agreements will fall if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a trade deal.
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