Embassy launches info drive for UK nationals in Estonia ahead of Brexit

UK and EU flags.
UK and EU flags. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The British Embassy in Estonia is launching several initiatives through the autumn ahead of the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union on December 31.

The move comes as part of a Europe-wide public information campaign launched by the U.K.'s embassies across the EU, and will cover need-to-know actions U.K. citizens resident in Estonia are required to take to maintain their full rights and access to services, including on Estonian residency, healthcare, drivers' licenses and ID cards.

Britain's ambassador to Estonia Theresa Bubbear said: "Protecting the rights of U.K. nationals is an absolute priority for us. This is why we have been providing advice and reassurance to U.K. nationals, to make sure they have all the information they need and certainty about their rights."

"Brits in Estonia should visit our 'Living in Guides', where they can find out about the steps they will need to take and get important information about residency, healthcare, passports and drivers' licenses in Estonia."

The U.K. Foreign Office's "Living In Guide" for Estonia is here.

The embassy says it will also step up its activities in the coming weeks, with more information to be provided on its Facebook page here.

Outreach to over a million Brits Europe-wide

The Foreign Office says its campaign targets more than one million U.K. nationals resident across Europe, with support and advice on steps to protect their rights after the transition period ends on December 31 2020, using social media and other channels, and offering assistance on residency or registration applications via a £3-million (€3.3 million) support fund.

The campaign builds on initiatives the embassy in Tallinn has already held over the past couple of years, including "town hall" meetings and Q&A sessions with the ambassador, consular and foreign office officials, and personnel from relevant government ministries in Estonia.

The embassy reminds U.K. nationals that the onus is on them to secure their residency and other rights in Estonia or other EU member states, and ambassadors from across Europ have recorded a video address highlighting just that, here.

British Ambassadors from across Europe have recorded a video encouraging U.K. nationals to take action which can be found on the British Embassy in Tallinn's Facebook page.

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