On this page, we have gathered information about the effect of Brexit on UK members of the personnel at CERN and their family members.
CERN has an obligation to ensure Members of Personnel (and their families) have the right to reside in the host states, whether they are a citizen of the European Union or not.
However, the situation around Brexit is constantly evolving, and the extent of the impact on UK members of the personnel at CERN and their family members is not yet fully clear. In particular, there are uncertainties in the details of the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
In this context, CERN's Host-State Relations Service, Legal Service and HR are working closely with the French and Swiss authorities to find solutions to the issues that may arise as they become better defined.
This page highlights a number of issues that may affect UK members of the personnel at CERN and their families specifically, and updates will be posted as the situation becomes clearer. In addition, there are links to other sources of information that may be of interest and help to those affected by the situation.
- DG statement about UK referendum on the EU (Bulletin official news, 27 June 2016)
- Latest government information and guidance on the UK exiting the EU
- NHS information about EHIC insurance
- Government guidance on living in Europe
- European Commission pages about Brexit
- Passports: UK citizens are advised to make sure that their passport has at least 6 months validity, and is not more than 10 years old.
For those resident in France, the “Titre de Séjour Spécial” or “carte de séjour” for children and spouses is the focus of particular attention. Other concerns include the validity of driving licences and right to travel.
- UK government guidance on living in France
- French government FAQ on France and Brexit
- Official French pages concerning Brexit: Ordonnance du 6 février
- Exchanging driving licences
- Documents issued by the French ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (Bulletin article, 7th September 2015)
- "Voisins Voices" - newsletter for the British community in France
- Excerpt of "Le Journal officiel de la République Française" on measures taken by France on entry and stay in France, social and working rights.
- "Le ministère de l'intérieur se prépare au Brexit": Séjour
Following bilateral negotiations between the UK and Switzerland, 5 agreements have been signed, covering: citizens’ rights, trade, insurance, road transport and air transport.
- UK government guidance on living in Switzerland
- Swiss government FAQ on Brexit
- Information about freedom of movement in the event of a No-Deal
- Help for British people in Switzerland
- Switzerland citizens rights agreement
- Important information regarding residency status of UK nationals working at CERN (September 2019)
- Important update from the UK Embassy (January 2020)