Brexit and Free Movement of Persons
Officially, the UK government states:
“The rights and status of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU is unchanged as we approach our exit.”
“We want to seek the earliest agreement to protect the status of EU nationals who are already living in the UK, and the status of UK nationals already living in other Member States, following our exit. The Prime Minister has made clear that we stand ready to reach a deal on this right now. It remains an important priority for the UK and many other Member States to provide certainty to these groups as soon as possible.”
In terms of immigration after Brexit:
“We will remain an open and tolerant country, and one that recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to our society. However, the message from the public before and during the referendum campaign has been clear: leaving the EU must mean control of the number of people who come to the UK from Europe. We want to see net migration to the UK fall to sustainable levels.”
UK nationals visiting the EU after Brexit
Right now, there are no passport requirements for British nationals travelling to the EU other than simply having a passport. Upon Brexit, that will change. Travellers will be required to be in possession of passports valid for at least three more months, and issued within the last ten years, on the date they intend to exit the EU.
UK nationals wishing to work in the EU
UK citizens wishing to work in the EU post-Brexit will need to apply for a national work visa from the country where they intend to work.Each EU country has its own differently organised national visa system. The specifics of a work visa differ from one country to another, though they have several similarities. Usually, the EU countries offer long-stay visas with one-year validity, which often are renewable or extendable. They often lead to settlement on the basis of five or ten years’ long residency.
EU citizens applying for UK nationality
EU citizens who plan to stay are increasingly applying for British citizenship, rightly perceived as offering the most security in terms of the right to live in the UK.At the end of 2018, UK citizenship applications from EU nationals were at record levels. EU nationals accounted for 34% of all applications for British nationality in the final quarter of 2018, up from 17% two years ago. The quarterly total was 15,000 — by far the highest on record.The number of EU nationals granted British citizenship increased by 50% last year, from 32,000 in 2017 to 48,000 in 2018.
Latest information and guidance (Gov.UK)
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Jorge Emilio Núñez