18 March 2019

NORWAY: Brexit updates March 2019

The Norwegian government and the UK have agreed to ensure a seamless transition for trade and movement between countries, even if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a Deal.

Update on Brexit

On the 12 March, UK MPs voted to reject the Prime Minister's Divorce deal from the EU. The next day, MPs voted to rule out a no-deal Brexit in all circumstances, yet this was not legally binding. On Thursday, MPs voted for the PM to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.

A no-deal Brexit is the default position for the UK on 29 March, as a deal has yet to be agreed and passed through parliament in the UK.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If this happens, as of 11am UK time on 29 March 2019 the UK will no longer be treated as an EU or EEA member.

'The EEA Agreement guarantees equal rights and obligations within the Internal Market for individuals and economic operators in the EEA. It provides for the inclusion of EU legislation covering the four freedoms — the free movement of goods, services, persons and capital — throughout the 31 EEA States. In addition, the Agreement covers cooperation in other important areas such as research and development, education, social policy, the environment, consumer protection, tourism and culture, collectively known as “flanking and horizontal” policies.' Source

If this happens, Norway will experience significant consequences as Norway's relationship with the UK is largely regulated by the EEA Agreement.

If the UK leaves with a deal

If an agreement is made, the UK will be treated as an EU member and EEA member, for a transitional period between 29 March 2019 - 31 December 2020. This can be extended by a maximum of two years.

This, along with the trade and movement agreement already made between Norway and the UK, means that citizens will be able to continue enjoying broadly the same rights as they do now (residency, healthcare, pensions and education, social security coordination and mutual recognition of professional qualifications).

The separation issues are arrangements on goods placed on the UK or EEA EFTA markets, intellectual property, ongoing police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, data protection, public procurement, and ongoing judicial procedures

Residency for expats living in Norway - Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

The Norwegian government is aiming to establish an agreement whereby British citizens (and their families) will not have to return to the UK to re-apply for residence.

A permanent solution, however, will be decided when it is clearer what the UK and EU agree upon (if there is a deal) or not agree upon (no-deal).

Residency for Norwegians living in the UK

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families: Most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

National Insurance - Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

A bilateral social insurance agreement between Norway and the UK includes provisions on areas where expats are covered by the social security scheme.

British Expats legally working in Norway will remain members of the National Insurance Scheme, regardless of citizenship.

How does this affect the client?

Expats and employers need to keep a close eye on the Brexit developments and...

  • •  Make provisions providing there is a 'no deal' scenario - e.g. flying the expat and their families to the UK to reapply for their visas, accommodation, immigration support and so on.
  • •  For questions we advise you to contact a global mobility supplier for expert advice, or contact the UK and Norwegian authorities.
  • •  Make sure passports have at least 6 months remaining validity from your date of travel

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