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Brexhausted

MP’s have taken a long Easter break after EU’s decision on delaying Brexit until Halloween 2019, 31st of October. Without questioning whether this was an intentional joke or just a coincidence, a long break to what has become an inconclusive period of talks moved Brexit discussions away from British public’s minds.

Many claim uncertainty is worse than any bad decision. Some claim that it is just an escape sentence for some people to feel better about their history of making bad decision. Regardless, Brexit is still a big question mark. And the break might have taken Brexit away from the public, but it would not be a surprise to see many MP’s come back from the break with an agenda to push.


May’s May

First on the agenda for Conservative MP’s would be the leadership race once PM Theresa May leaves office. May promised to leave office in case a deal is passed through the Parliament and Brexit is agreed to be delivered with a plan she brings to the table. On the other hand, if she continues to fail, there is a big chance that she will be ousted by her own party. In the first case we have a Brexit plan. Probability of a leadership change though, will bring more uncertainty. Depending on whether a hard-Brexiteer or a leader with a milder approach taking over, there are many novelties a leadership change can bring to the table Brexit process.


Elections in May

 23rd of May is the next deadline for yet another decision in case a Brexit plan has not passed through the parliament yet (which is very likely): European Parliament elections in late May. If UK. Decides not to take part in these elections, a no deal Brexit will happen on 1st of June. As the UK promised the EU to behave and play along as long as they are not officially out of the Union, it is safer to argue that UK will take part in this election. Only if Theresa May is replaced by a hard-Brexiteer Conservative leader, then this becomes higher odds.


What about the People?

 You can take the UK out of the EU, but you can’t take the EU out of the UK. Many EU and EEA citizens in addition to many non-EEA migrants here under the EU related special agreements, are living in the UK still, and they will be subject to regulatory change. Even though British bureaucrats and civil servants are working long hours to be prepared for any scenario to guarantee a smooth transition for all, there are questions in everyone’s minds about their future in the UK.


What Should EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens Do to Stay in the UK?

 EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK and their dependents can apply to stay further within the UK even after Brexit happens. This is called the EU Settlement Scheme. This is a simple procedure if you meet the criteria and your records are in the government records. If not, you can contact an immigration adviser. There are ways to prove your stay and claim your settlement through further documentation. Those who fulfil the requirements will be granted ‘Settled Status, this requires 5-year residence in the UK, in line with the EEA regulations as a qualified person. EU citizens and their family members can make the application and receive the result straightaway via their mobile. If their stay is less than 5 year they will be granted ‘Pre-settled Status’ by the system. However, the system does not recognise some periods and some evidence might be required to prove the right.


What Should non-EEA Citizens Do?

 UK government mostly agreed to the white paper on immigration of December 2018, a long advisory document that gives the government a path towards what should be the next steps once Brexit happens. Here a single migration scheme is suggested, which confirms that UK will rearrange its agreements that were previously set by the EU. Any special agreements, such as Ankara Agreement is expected to be dissolved or majorly reshaped as a result of this. This also depends on how UK will exit the EU. We will keep you informed as soon as more information is available on how & when Brexit might happen.


What Should EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens Do to Stay in the UK?
 


EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK and their dependents can apply to stay further within the UK even after Brexit happens. This is called the EU Settlement Scheme. This is a simple procedure if you meet the criteria and your records are in the government records. If not, you can contact an immigration adviser. There are ways to prove your stay and claim your settlement through further documentation. Those who fulfil the requirements will be granted ‘Settled Status, this requires 5-year residence in the UK, in line with the EEA regulations as a qualified person. EU citizens and their family members can make the application and receive the result straightaway via their mobile. If their stay is less than 5 year they will be granted ‘Pre-settled Status’ by the system. However, the system does not recognise some periods and some evidence might be required to prove the right.


What Should non-EEA Citizens Do to Stay in the UK?


UK government mostly agreed to the white paper on immigration of December 2018, a long advisory document that gives the government a path towards what should be the next steps once Brexit happens. Here a single migration scheme is suggested, which confirms that UK will rearrange its agreements that were previously set by the EU. Any special agreements, such as Ankara Agreement is expected to be dissolved or majorly reshaped as a result of this. This also depends on how UK will exit the EU. We will keep you informed as soon as more information is available on how & when Brexit might happen.

Author: Yigit Cem Ozturk