The grand duchy’s government has introduced a bill to protect the status of UK citizens working in Luxembourg’s public sector after Brexit.
There were 42 British nationals employed by the state when the bill was drafted. “Almost all” work in education, the government stated.
Under the draft bill, UK citizens employed by either state bodies or local councils before Britain leaves the bloc “would retain their positions and their rights and duties”.
The rule would apply to Brits and their families who arrived in Luxembourg before 29 March if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, or at the end of the transition period (currently set for 31 December 2020) if the EU-UK Brexit agreement is passed.
If the Chamber of Deputies rejects the bill, then British citizens would be considered “third party nationals” and, under Luxembourg law, no longer be eligible for civil service posts, the government stated.
Bill 7406 was tabled by the DP civil service minister Marc Hansen on 8 February. The Chamber of Civil Servants and Public Employees has given its provisional accord; the Council of State (Luxembourg’s quasi-upper chamber) has requested clarifications to the text. The bill was sent to the parliamentary civil service committee for debate on 3 March.