BREXIT Townhall meeting

3rd Dec. 2019 Public event hosted by the British Embassy and Gothenburg City.

The British Ambassador H.E. Ms Judith Gough will hold a Townhall meeting to answer questions concerning Brexit and the steps the British Government intends to take to safeguard the rights of British citizens living in Sweden.

Judith Gough is the new British Ambassador in Sweden. She has previously been the Ambassador in the Ukraine and Georgia.

Oct 31st. Update from the British Embassy: A message to UK nationals living in Sweden. The EU has agreed to the UK Parliament’s request of an extension of our membership which means the UK did not leave the EU on 31 October 2019. The terms of the extension mean that the new exit day will be 31 January 2020, although withdrawal could take place earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both sides. Subject to the Bill completing its passage shortly, a general election will be held on 12 December. UK nationals who have been here less than 15 years can register as an overseas voter (further information can be found at We understand that many UK nationals in Sweden will have concerns regarding what this all means for them.As UK nationals living in Sweden your rights remain the same during this extension.It is as important as ever that UK nationals living in Sweden have taken action ahead of Brexit. The extension period is a good opportunity to make sure you, your friends and family are fully prepared. Make sure you are registered, including for residency, healthcare and exchange your driving licence.As always, we will do our best to keep you up to date with reliable information and advice as the situation develops in the coming weeks. Make sure you are signed up for the Living in Guide on Please also encourage your British friends and contacts in Sweden to do the same.

Judith Gough (“our woman in Stockholm”) was interviewed 5th Oct 2019 on BBC radio at this link – the interview starts 26.4 mins. into the programme and is about 9 minutes long.

The Anglo-Swedish Elk Protection Agency is very pleased to be able to assist in this event 😉


PM’s words on Brexit negotiations: 6 April 2019

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP Delivered on: 6 April 2019 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Delivering Brexit has been my priority ever since I became Prime Minister and it remains so today. I want the UK to leave the EU in an orderly way as soon as possible and that means leaving in a way that does not disrupt people’s lives.

My strong preference was to do that by winning a majority in Parliament for the agreement the UK reached with the EU last November. I did everything in my power to persuade the Conservative and DUP MPs who form the government’s majority to back that deal – including securing legally-binding changes to address MPs’ concerns with it.

But that deal was rejected three times by Parliament and there is no sign it can be passed in the near future. So I had to take a new approach.

Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all.

My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons.

The referendum was not fought along party lines and people I speak to on the doorstep tell me they expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it. The fact is that on Brexit there are areas where the two main parties agree: we both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs.

That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit.

The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line.

To achieve this I will go to Brussels this week to seek a short extension to Article 50. My intention is to reach an agreement with my fellow EU leaders that will mean if we can agree a deal here at home we can leave the EU in just six weeks.

We can then get on with building a new relationship with our nearest neighbours that will unlock the full potential of Brexit and deliver the brighter future that the British people voted for. Published 6 April 2019


On 17 October 2018, the British Embassy hosted an information meeting where they provided an update on the UK’s exit from the EU.

Very valuable information here!

David Cairns Stockhol Nov 26 2018

Brexit Town-Hall update meeting  Gothenburg

12th Nov. 2018 Public event hosted by AngloSwedish Society of Gothenburg and the Utrikespolitiska föreningen i Göteborg.
The British Ambassador H.E. Mr David Cairns @David_S_Cairns  presented the latest information concerning Brexit and the steps the British Government intends to take in the forthcoming negotiations.


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Brexit talk by the Dupty Head of Mission

10th Nov. 2017 – Hosted by AngloSwedish Society of Gothenburg and UF – Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Göteborg  with Aiden Liddle, Dupty @AidanLiddle  Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Stockholm.


Europahuset i Almedalen – tisdag 4/7-2017

Brexit — what does it mean to Ireland, Sweden and the future of the EU?

Brexit will have deep impact on all EU member states, not least Ireland and Sweden. What is the status of the Brexit process? What are the Irish and Swedish perspectives and how will European democracy be affected?

  • Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament
  • Ann Linde, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade
  • Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Head of Representation, European Commission

Moderator: Markus Bonekamp

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Everything you might not want to know about Brexit?

What is really happening in the Brexit-negotiations? Which questions does the UK prioritize in the negotiations? And what is the role of the EU Commission? This seminar is a conversation between David Cairns, the British Ambassador to Sweden, and Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, the Head of the EU Commission’s Representation in Sweden.

  • David Cairns, Storbritanniens ambassadör i Sverige,
  • Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Representationschef, EU-kommissionen i Sverige

Seminariet direktsänds på EU-kommissionens Facebooksida


What does Brexit mean to the people in the UK ?


Brexit – noBrexit – yet another chance to vote!

Watchout for reciprocal obstinacy!

Michel Barnier mr mountain

Michel Barnier is the EU’s chief negotiator in Brexit talks, due to start week 25.

It’s not looking good for those left behind.

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Town Hall metting with the British Ambassador H.E. Mr David Cairns

On the 25th April 2017 the Anglo-Swedish Society of Gothenburg was pleased to host a Town Hall meeting in Gothenburg on Brexit. The British Ambassador H.E. Mr David Cairns presented the latest information concerning how Brexit will affect the rights of British citizens living and working in Sweden and the steps the British Government intends to take to guarantee those rights in the fothcoming negotiations.

There was extensive opportunity for questions.

NOTE: He held the same briefing in Stockholm on 11 April (before the UK general election was announced). You can watch this video to see his summary of the situation so far.


Lunch Lecture with Staffan Sonning

“Brexit and its implications for the Nordic countries”

May 16 , 12:00 – 13:00

Lecture hall Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Free entrance for members of The Society of International Affairs, and 20 kr for non-members. – See more at:


Further discussion at Brännpunkt Europa  and event follow-up