Last year the UK public voted to leave the EU.

The government has now triggered Article 50. This means that the process of leaving the EU has started.

Some laws will change in the future - but not immediately.

Everything will stay the same until new laws are made.

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 should contact your nearest Citizens Advice.




As a national charity our executive director, Gillian Guy, responded to the triggering of Article 50, Gillian Guy stated:

“The country now enters a period of uncertainty, which has the potential to impact everyone. People will rely on Citizens Advice, perhaps more than ever before, to be a trusted and impartial source of accurate information. We’re continuing to work with the government to ensure they understand and recognise the support and guidance people will require.

Nothing changes immediately, but over the 2 year negotiating period we’ll begin to understand what laws might change. The government has said it will transfer EU law into UK law, so that people have the same rights the day after we leave the EU as they do today. To make this happen they need to pass legislation in Parliament. We’ll be monitoring this closely to ensure existing rights, including consumer and employment rights, are protected.”