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Immigration and Brexit: what are the current proposals?

Published: 11 July 2017
Area of Law: Business Immigration

Immigration and Brexit: what are the current proposals?

A year on since the EU referendum vote, on 26 June 2017, Theresa May announced proposals to safeguard the position of EU citizens living in the UK, and vice versa, following the UK's exit from the EU. 

To summarise, while it has made certain that free movement will cease when the UK exits the EU, there is no guarantee of residence for the three million plus EU citizens living and working in the UK.

Instead, the proposal outlines the Government’s intention to enforce "UK law" to move away from the EU legislation they are currently governed by. It states that this will be achieved by launching a new scheme involving a "streamlined" and "user friendly" application process that all EU citizens irrespective of when they arrived in the UK will be required to go through to secure their right to remain in the UK.

Whilst on the surface this appears fairly straightforward, the criteria is still unknown and the published proposals have not been formally accepted by the EU member states.

With no current guarantee of residence for EU nationals currently in the UK and the complexity of negotiations growing, the current proposals do not offer any immediate security or certainty to individuals and businesses.

Read our latest briefing to find out more about what the current proposals mean, and the potential options available.

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