EU Citizens Living In The UK Remain ‘Protected’ Post Brexit
The rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals in the EU remains unchanged despite Brexit, according to a government statement.
In the statement the government said the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK will be: “properly protected” adding: “The government recognises and values the important contribution made by EU and other non-UK citizens who work, study and live in the UK.”
The rules on when EU nationals are removed remain the same as they did before the referendum which was if they pose a serious threat to the public, if they are not in the UK lawfully and if they are: “abusing their free movement rights.”
According to the statement there has been no change in government policy for those EU citizens who have lived in the UK for less than five years and want to apply for registration. For those who have lived in the UK for five years or more they: “automatically have a permanent right to reside.”
Those EU residents who have lived continuously in the UK for at least six years have a right to apply for British citizenship – an eligibility which remains consistent with rules before the referendum.
When to trigger Article 50 and officially leave the EU is a matter for the Prime Minister, the statement says, adding that even after the UK leaves the EU there has been no change to the right of EU nationals to live in the UK.