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Flanders starts Brexit helpline for concerned citizens

The Flemish authorities are starting a new helpline for worried citizens concerned about the implications of Brexit, the UK's departure from the EU on 29 March.  Starting January people will be able to call 1700 with their Brexit worries.

Flanders is an important trade partner for the UK and as Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU still hangs in the balance implications of Brexit on Flanders could be considerable because we still don't know whether the UK will strike a deal with the EU or not.

Flanders has been preparing for all eventualities for some time now.  Initiatives have been taken to inform and support Flemish businesses.

The new helpline is available for the general public.  Flemish PM Geert Bourgeois told lawmakers: "We've noticed everyday people are worried too.  More and more citizens want to know "What are my rights?", "What happens if I work in the UK?",  "What are the implications on Erasmus exchanges for students?", "What about R&D co-operation?"

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