Government says UK nationals living in the EU, who may struggle to complete the necessary residency applications, will be helped by new £3 million fund.

In recognition of the over 1 million UK nationals who live in other EU countries, the Government has announced a new fund today aimed at helping them secure their rights after Brexit.

British citizens in the EU are by far the largest national group affected by Brexit, with an estimated 1.5 million living on the continent.

to support those who may find it harder to complete the paperwork needed in their host country, the government is providing up to £3 million in funding for organisations who will inform UK nationals about the need to register or apply for residency and support them as they complete their applications. The funding will be focused in particular on pensioners or disabled people, those living in remote areas or with mobility difficulties, and those needing assistance with language, translation or interpretation.

The government says the extra assistance will build on the support that British Embassies are already providing. The government’s communication campaign is encouraging UK nationals in the EU to take action now to: register or apply for residency; register for healthcare in their host country; exchange their UK driving licence and check that their passports are valid for travel.

UK nationals living in EU and EFTA member states are encouraged to visit the government’s Living In Guides on its website, with specific information for each country.

The foreign secretary Dominic Raab said:

“The UK will be leaving the EU on October 31st and we want to help UK nationals living across the EU to be fully ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances. This funding will ensure people get the support they need to apply to protect their residency rights and access to services.”