New German laws aim at helping UK expat workers avoid post-Brexit problems

Published:  12 Oct at 6 PM
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Germany is making plans to simplify the lives of resident British expats during the post-Brexit transition period.

As the British government struggles to get its own way over Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is working on a plan to make UK expats’ lives easier for at least a short while. Berlin is now drafting a new law which will allow British expats living and working in Germany the option of keeping their UK citizenship after applying for German citizenship for at least as long as the duration of the post-Brexit transition period.

As part of a raft of new laws to deal with Brexit effects, Berlin will also allow small businesses registered in the UK but operating in Germany under EU freedom laws to convert to German companies. The new company registration rules are expected to help 10,000 small businesses avoid having to increase their capital to 25,000 euros and become German limited liability companies. Finding the extra capital as well as the legal fees for company registration would have forced many small UK-registered companies to shut up shop.

According to Germany’s Justice Minister, the country is determined to help small, expat-run companies make the necessary changes before Brexit becomes a reality. In addition, Germany’s 16 regions are to be forced to update present-day regulations covering the employment of English native-language teachers in order to allow them to keep their jobs. Present laws in Germany state all teachers must be EU citizens as they’re seen as civil servants, and the rule will still apply to non-British teachers after Brexit is finalised.
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