Update: Government submits special Brexit proposal to parliament

Ministers have an expectation of support for the new proposals from across political lines.

File picture showing UK, EU and Finnish flags / Credit: iStock

The Finnish government has submitted proposals to parliament for a special act to safeguard the rights of British nationals in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen (NCP) first announced the new act on 25th January, telling News Now Finland at the time that the new law would “enable Brits to stay in Finland at least until the end of 2020, if they just register as EU citizens before the end of march”.

Today, those new proposals went to parliament and the government is confident of wide support from opposition parties to pass it with a vote before 29th March.

“All UK citizens now living in Finland can continue to live, work, conduct their business and study in Finland without interruption” Mykkänen said in a statement today.

Without this special act, an estimated 5000 UK passport holders living in Finland would have to apply for a residence permit at short notice, and some people might not meet the requirements to get one.

UK citizens living in Finland now have until 29th March with authorities, if they have not already done so. Anyone with a Finnish social security number, an ID card, permanent residence papers or a Kela card is by definition already registered with authorities and doesn’t have to do anything extra.

Anyone who does not register by the deadline, will not have any rights to live in Finland as of 30th March unless the EU and United Kingdom agree on visa-free travel. In such a deal is agreed – and it’s currently being held up by the British parliaments – they would be permitted to stay legally in Finland for just another 90 days.

Instructions on the registration of right of residence can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service Migri website and on the enterfinland.fi website.