Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Status of EU nationals in the UK - a top priority for the government going forward now Art 50 has been triggered

Last Friday, I met with a group of EU nationals residing in Hexham who are understandably concerned about their future status in the UK as a result of Brexit.
It goes without saying that EU nationals make an invaluable contribution to our economy, our society, and our daily lives. I assured them and all concerned that I will continue to represent them. Every Hexham resident deserves the best possible representation.
I am pleased that the Government has made it clear that securing the rights of EU nationals will be a genuine priority. I think it would be great if the EU resolved this speedily, as they have indicated, now that Article 50 has been triggered.
The discussions ahead that the Government has with the European Union to agree the arrangements for the UK’s exit will undoubtedly reflect the immense contribution made by EU citizens to our economy, our NHS, our schools, and in so many other ways too. However, I am aware that the discussions must also secure the interests of the 1.2 million British citizens who live and work elsewhere in the EU.
One thing is clear, however – that it is in the best interests of all for this issue to be sorted as quickly as possible. In the meantime, until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.
Below, I have compiled a list of links that I hope you will find useful if you have any further questions on this matter:
Status of EU nationals in the UK
UK Visa information for European Nationals
Latest HoC briefing paper on EU nationals currently exercising their free-movement rights and living in the UK
My blog post from February on this topic
On 5 March 2017, the cross-party parliamentary House of Commons committee on Exiting the European Union published a report called The Government’s negotiating objectives: the rights of UK and EU citizens (https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmexeu/1071/1071.pdf), which outlined a series of recommendations as to how the rights of EU nationals living in the UK could be guaranteed as soon as possible. This is a promising first step.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments in the House of Commons
Home Sec’s Dear Colleague letter 6 Feb 17
Home Office response to a Written Question
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Letter to President of the European Council Donald Tusk
Brexit Timeline
Meanwhile, if you are a Brit living or travelling in the EU, then the website you’ll need is: