Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Theresa May details post-Brexit plans for EU citizens in UK

France and Germany are beginning to define themselves by the UK's absence.          Faisal Islam France and Germany are beginning to define themselves by the UK's absence. Faisal Islam
Ellis Copeland | 28 June, 2017, 04:02

- Until Britain leaves the European Union, EU citizens living in the United Kingdom will continue to enjoy the rights they have under EU Treaties.

But she made clear that the proposals would be adopted only if the same rights are granted to United Kingdom citizens living in the remaining EU states in a reciprocal settlement and also stated that she would not accept a Brussels demand that the European Court of Justice retaining powers to enforce rights after Brexit. "The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will not have jurisdiction in the United Kingdom", the UK paper says.

Setting out details of her proposal, May said Europeans who have been living in the United Kingdom for five years will get a new "settled status" after Brexit, giving them the same rights as British citizens to bring family members into the country.

Highly skilled workers from European Union countries are the most likely to consider leaving, with 47pc thinking of doing so in the next five years. Many of them are at the very top of their professions in the United Kingdom, from a leading molecular biologist at Oxford University to the victor of Game Chef of the Year in 2015, and many Slovak businesses use the United Kingdom as a stepping stone to growing internationally.

Commenting on the government's proposals, Julian David, chief executive of industry representative body Tech UK, said: "The Government's commitment to a streamlined process and use of existing Government data to verify citizen history, as recommended by TechUK, is an example of how technology can help to address numerous practical challenges presented by Brexit".

But since Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party lost its parliamentary majority in Britain's snap general election this month, the prospect of a hard Brexit has waned.

Details of how the rights of European Union nationals living in the United Kingdom will be protected after Brexit have been set out by the government.

Current EU citizens will be advised to contact the Home Office for necessary documentation to confirm their new status, with the application system expected to be up an running by 2018.

Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk pose during a summit in Brussels
Image Donald Tusk quoted John Lennon's Imagine when saying the UK might remain in the EU

Jeremy Corbyn called the offer "too little, too late", arguing that the United Kingdom should have made a unilateral offer in the aftermath of the referendum.

So with Brexit negotiations now underway, I will outline the UK's offer to secure the rights of these people.

Hammond said there are now many people who view globalisation as a threat, in what he described as economic marginalisation.

- Those EU citizens who arrived after the specified date will be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom for at least a temporary period and may become eligible to settle permanently depending on their circumstances.

European rules already allow member states to expel other EU citizens on security grounds, and between 4,000 and 5,000 EU prisoners were deported from Britain a year ago, according to the interior ministry.

Their relatives could stay or come over from the European Union if they "have been in a genuine relationship with an eligible European Union citizen while resident in the UK".

"I hope we can make progress in agreeing on a new regime which satisfies both sides", he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

The Government also again rejected calls from the EU that the rights of citizens be upheld by the European Court of Justice, stating in its offer document today that the ECJ "will not have jurisdiction in the UK", but would instead be guaranteed by United Kingdom law.

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