What does Brexit mean for freedom of movement for workers in Europe?

The finalization of Britain’s secession from the European Union earlier this year has changed the status quo and the way things were between the UK and the EU. Thus, we’ve prepared this guide for individuals and businesses in the UK and EU to give advice and insights on what will happen to the EU free labor movement, how Brexit freedom of labor will come along, and what is the Brexit movement affecting in the EU and UK.


What does Brexit mean for the EU?

Brexit in Europe has resulted in the EU losing its 2nd largest economy and one of the biggest contributors to its budget. This withdrawal has mandated individuals and businesses intending to expand to the United Kingdom to undergo rigorous verification and immigration checks. A European talent that is looking forward to work in the UK is expected to possess a visa and work permit since the free movement of labor has been restricted between the two bodies. If your company has a business in Europe, they must exercise more care in dealing with UK talents. Individuals from Europe who are already residing and working in the United Kingdom before Brexit can continue their stay, but they must register for the EU settlement scheme in June 2021. Immigration into the UK from any European nation will now be done based on skillfulness. The talent will be admitted if he/she meets the required points based on expertise/skill, English proficiency, and expected wages.

What does Brexit mean for Britain?

Brexit will give the United Kingdom total autonomy on the laws that will have control over her. It will also avail the UK with absolute control over movement of labor. UK businesses have been increasing their expansion to Europe but European business expansion to the UK has significantly reduced. Furthermore, persons from Britain are now exempted from the basic right to reside, migrate and work in any European nation. Thus, they are expected to migrate to Europe with strict adherence and compliance with the available laws.

What is the definition of Brexit?

In the 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom, fifty-two percent voted for the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union. After series of trials and attempts to exit, the United Kingdom officially left the EU on the 31st of January, 2020. However, the transitioning away from the Union ended on the 31st of December, 2020. Thus, the UK became a different entity from the 1st of January, 2021, after the successful completion and transitioning away from the European Union.  All these happened under what is referred to as BREXIT.

So, what’s Brexit mean? What is the definition of Brexit? Generally, Brexit is simply the joining together of “Britain” and “Exit”. It signifies the voting, processing, campaign, transitioning, and authentication of Britain’s exit from the European Union and other supporting bodies.

What is the right to free labor movement?

The right to free labor movement is the privilege which citizens of any European nation enjoy in getting job opportunities in another European nation on the same standard as those from that particular country. The right gave citizens from a nation in the Union the security of movement within Europe, elimination of discrimination based on nationality, freedom of movement based on work, etc.

Since January 1, 2021, this right has ceased to exist for UK citizens due to the completion of Brexit. UK workers wishing to get employed in any EU nation will now be treated like foreigners from Africa, America, Asia, and Australia.

How will Brexit affect your labor freedom of movement in the EU?

Individuals and businesses around the world are required to adapt to the UK’s new normal after Brexit. Companies in the UK must ensure compliance with the statutory of any other country around the world including European nations in hiring talents. Workers from Europe working in the UK must apply for the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) to ensure the continuation of their stay. Persons from the UK will also be required to undergo serious checks at EU borders. UK citizens looking to get employed in European nations will be treated as foreigners since their right to free movement of labor has been taken off.

WeHireGlobally can help you to ensure compliance after Brexit?

With WeHG employer of record solutions and presence in the UK and other European nations, your company is assured of easy navigation and compliance post-Brexit. Our expert professionals will be supporting you in making the right decisions for your company’s future post-Brexit. We will compliantly help you to understand Brexit provisions, workers recruitment, immigration procedures, laws, etc.

What does Brexit mean for freedom of movement for workers in Europe?

  • Can I hire employees from the UK after January 1, 2021?

    Yes, talents can be recruited from the United Kingdom after the 1st of January, 2021. However, you must ensure that you comply with all UK obligations in hiring talents even though your business is in Europe.

  • Is it advisable to expand my business to the UK after Brexit?

    Yes, you can expand your business to the United Kingdom after Brexit. The UK has a big economy and it’s a good region for business to grow and thrive. You must however be prepared to comply with all new British provisions and regulations as provided by Brexit.

  • What will happen to European employees working in the UK after Brexit

    European employees in the United Kingdom can keep residing and working there, but they must ensure that they apply to the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) by the 30th of June, 2021

  • Hannah Kohl
    Hannah Kohl. Head of Customer Success. Has extensive experience in the HR and IT industries. Helped 100+ international clients to achieve their global goals.

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