Theresa May made a request to EU leaders on Thursday for an “early” deal to protect expats’ rights after Brexit.
The UK Prime Minister wants to get the European Union to assure British expats stay in Europe.
Britain is set to leave the EU in what is commonly referred to as ‘Brexit’ with the deadline set for May 2019.
Many British expats living in Europe fear that after Brexit, their rights to travel, live and work in other European Union countries may be affected.
Other issues expats may be faced with include access to public services such as healthcare and education, or property rights and the ability to claim benefits or collect a pension.
An estimated 1.2 million UK citizens are currently living in one of the 27 member states of the European Union.
If a deal is not reached, expats from Britain may be required to apply for a long-term residency visa if they wish to live in Europe after the Brexit.