The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland operate a Common Travel Area (CTA). This was set up long before either the UK or Ireland joined the European Union and will continue after Brexit.

As well as being able to travel freely between the two, “reciprocal rights” extend to subsidised healthcare and free school education, social housing, the right to a pension, to work, to study, to retire or just to spend time there. You even get to vote in Irish elections.

Update: 24 September 2018, Government confirms the Common Travel Area

The UK government has issued a renewed confirmation that the Common Travel Area will continue after Brexit, even in the case of a ‘no deal’, including rights to study, work, vote, be a recipient of social welfare and access health services. The government has also confirmed that “there would be no routine immigration controls on journeys from within the CTA to the UK.”

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