The number of British people who moved to the European Union after the referendum on UK’s withdrawal from the EU increased by 30%. These data are contained in a study published by the Oxford-Berlin research partnership and the WZB Berlin Center for Social Research.
According to the authors’ calculations, the number of British leaving for the EU has increased to 73.6 thousand on average in 2016-2018. From 2008 to 2015, this figure was at 56.8 thousand per year. The number of those who received EU citizenship increased by more than 500%, and in the case of German citizenship – by more than 2000%, said the National Assembly.
The scientists believe that the main incentive to move the British was Brexit. The researchers also noted the potential “brain drain of highly educated British citizens”, moving to the EU.
The UK officially withdrew from the European Union at midnight on January 31. Until the end of 2020, the country will remain in the European Customs Union and a single market.
In early February, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that London was not going to make concessions in trade negotiations with the European Union.
June 12, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Minister for Special Assignments) of Great Britain Michael Gove said that the authorities officially notified the European Union that they would not extend the transition period upon withdrawal from the EU, which ends on December 31, 2020. He added that the United Kingdom would regain political and economic independence on 1 January. This was also stated by EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier at the end of April.