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Will Brexit prevent estate agents working in the EU?

Bill put forward by the Prime Minister yesterday makes no mention of how Brexit will affect schemes such as the European Professional Card for estate agents.

Nigel Lewis

One item not mentioned within Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill is whether estate agents based in the UK will be able to work on the continent when we leave the EU.

At the moment British estate agents wishing to have their UK qualifications recognised by EU countries can do so by applying for a European Professional Card.

It enables those moving over the channel permanently to seamlessly live and work in an EU country, and also allows agents to work for up to 18 months on contracts or secondments.

But when Brexit takes place, the scheme will be in doubt as it only covers estate agents working in EU states; and after October 31st, if the Prime Minister gets his way, the UK will cease to be one.

The status of the card is expected to be a topic of debate when Propertymark hosts a meeting of the European Association of Real Estate Professionals in London both today and tomorrow. Boris Johnson’s EU Withdrawal includes a section on professional qualifications, but doesn’t cover in any detail what will happen to the European Professional Card.

Mark Hayward image“In the current climate, it is more important than ever that we understand the context of the European markets, and the ongoing legislative issues that will impact property professionals,” says Mark Hayward (left).

The European Association of Real Estate Professionals, which is also called CEPI, was established in Brussels in 1990 to support European and cross-border real estate transactions by developing the work and activities of real estate professionals with the interests of the consumer in mind.

Its members are 22 like-minded organisations from across Europe representing estate agents and property managers.

October 23, 2019

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