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Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN 126871, tabled on 6 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Norway, (b) Switzerland, (c) Iceland and (d) Liechtenstein on (i) their citizens resident in the UK and (ii) UK citizens resident in those countries after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered on

14 February 2018

The UK’s published policy paper, ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’, stated that we would discuss similar arrangements with Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Prime Minister reiterated this to the Norwegian Prime Minister in October and in her letter to EU citizens on 11 December 2017.

We have already started constructive official-level scoping talks with all four countries and both the UK and the EFTA states are keen to reach agreement as soon as possible. It is our intention that all EEA and Swiss nationals in the UK, and UK nationals living across the EEA and Switzerland can continue living life broadly as they do now.