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Brexit and CERN


Director for Finance and Human Resources

As the future relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union has yet to be defined, CERN has been working to gather the most up-to-date information to support those affected

As the Director-General recalled in her statement of 27 June 2016, as an intergovernmental organisation subject to its own treaty, CERN is not part of the European Union and Britain’s membership of CERN is not affected by Brexit. CERN’s Members of Personnel and their families have the right to reside in CERN’s Host States, whether citizens of the European Union or not. This remains the case regardless of the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

However, with the situation constantly evolving, the full impact on UK Members of Personnel and in particular their families is not yet clear.

The Host-State Relations Service, Legal Service and Human Resources Department have been working closely with the French and Swiss authorities to find solutions to issues as they arise, and will continue to do so as the situation evolves. A web page has been established by the Human Resources Department with links to general information, as well as to information provided by the governments of the UK, France and Switzerland.

For UK citizens resident in France, a particular focus of attention is the “Titre de Séjour Spécial” or “Carte de Séjour” for spouses and children, as well as the validity of driving licenses and the right to travel. For Switzerland, five bilateral agreements have been signed covering citizen’s rights, trade, insurance, road transport and air transport.

Information on the website will be updated regularly.