Advice column – Brexit

Thursday 11 August 2016

As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column we focus on the decision to leave the European Union.

Following the decision to leave the European Union, I am confused what this means and when I am likely to see any changes

The UK public has voted to leave the EU. Understandably people have lots of questions about what leaving the EU means for their day to day lives.

For some people it is as significant as what country they can call home. For others it is about their rights at work or personal finances.  It is important to remember nothing changes yet and that for the time being all rights remain the same.  It is likely to be several years before any changes to the law come into effect.

If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, your rights to live, work or get benefits won’t change unless the government passes new laws. If you’re a UK citizen living in the EU or travelling to the EU, your rights won’t change yet either.

You don’t need to take any action now. Changes to the law will be announced before they happen, so you’ll have time to prepare if you’re affected.

If you think you’ve been discriminated against since the referendum, for example if you’ve been unfairly refused work or housing, or told your rights have changed, you can contact us on 03444 111 444.

For more information go to the Law and Rights page of our website

Look out for our column next week when we focus on spotting a potential scam.


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