Britain Will Allow European Nationals to Remain After Brexit

Britain Will Allow European Nationals to Remain After Brexit

"After a year of uncertainty for those directly affected, and two months after the European Union made a more generous offer, it is likely to be seen at best as a belated step in the right direction", said Jonathan Portes, senior fellow The UK in a Changing Europe programme.

"We will continue to uphold in that context the rights of the people of Northern Ireland to be able to identify as British or Irish, or both, and to hold citizenship accordingly".

Those without five years' residence arriving before the cut-off date will be able to stay until they have five years' residence and can then apply for settled status.

Since new rules were introduced in 2012, the United Kingdom partner - a British citizen or recognized refugee - must have a minimum annual income of at least £18,600 (around $23,000) for their spouse to live with them, if the spouse comes from outside the European Economic Area.

And we intend to introduce a voluntary scheme to enable eligible EU citizens to apply for their residence document before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union - reducing uncertainty and making Brexit as smooth and efficient as possible for EU residents in the UK.

But if they married a non-UK citizen in future, their wives or husbands would have to meet a minimum income threshold in order to join them.

She made clear that the proposals would be adopted only if the same rights were guaranteed to United Kingdom citizens living in the other 27 European Union states.

The differences in position - both on rights and who enforces them - underline how tough these negotiations could be in the coming weeks, as the two sides try to thrash out a deal that will affect one million Britons living in the European Union and an estimated 3.2 million European Union citizens living in the UK. Brussels says they should be able to seek help from the European Court of Justice, but the government is adamant that the court will not have jurisdiction here after Brexit and says cases must be heard by British judges.

That takes in Articles 18; 21; 45; 48 and; 49, relating to the equal treatments of students; free movement; workers; social security and; the self employed respectively. British citizens now seeking to bring a non-EU spouse to the United Kingdom face similar barriers.


I do not expect or want them to roll over and surrender to Mr Juncker and his colleagues every time that they do not agree with our proposals.

As long as they want to stay living here, they will see no immigration conditions placed on their residency.

The offer is conditional to reciprocal rights for the 1,2 million British citizens living in the EU.

If one already has a document certifying permanent residency would he/she still need to apply for a United Kingdom settled status?

Those who arrive before the cut-off date can build up five years' continuous residence after Brexit but people who arrive after the cut-off point will be subject to the new immigration regime.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier knocked back Mrs May's offer less than two hours after she set it out in a detailed 20-page report on Monday.

"And they won't be for free since Theresa May specified that the United Kingdom is "... looking to recover what is spent on the immigration system". The government said the matter was one for the negotiations with the EU.

Qualifying citizens will be given a grace period of time to apply for documentation proving their settled status post-Brexit. The specified date has not yet been confirmed, although it will be no earlier than 29 March 2017 and no later than the date of the UK's official withdrawal from the EU.

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