IMPACT – HIGH
The European Union and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on phase one Brexit issues, with the U.K. making key concessions on the rights of EU citizens in the U.K. and agreeing to avoid formation of a hard land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and both parties agreeing to the methodology of a financial settlement.
EU and U.K. negotiators issued a 15-page joint report Friday detailing the agreement in principle and the commitments of each side to be reflected under a full withdrawal agreement. The agreement allows the negotiators to move on to phase two talks dealing with trade.
Key immigration-related provisions are summarized as follows.
Ireland and Northern Ireland:
The agreement recognizes the unique challenges presented by the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU and notes that this agreement will not predetermine the outcome of wider discussions. Nonetheless, the following principles are key:
BAL Analysis: The agreement provides greater certainty for EU citizens living in the U.K. (and British citizens living in the EU) regarding their current and future rights and should help them plan accordingly. In particular, the cutoff date for retaining EU rights will not be earlier than the date of withdrawal, meaning that all EU nationals in the U.K. and British citizens in the EU exercising treaty rights on the day of Brexit will have these rights preserved at least until they have gained permanent residence. (This is likely to be called “settled status” under the U.K.’s domestic regime). They will be permitted to bring family members even after Brexit and after the two-year transition period. They will have their EU permanent residence rights recognized by the U.K., which provides an incentive to apply now for permanent residency. Those who have not yet accrued the five years needed for permanent residency will gain residence status using streamlined procedures with evidentiary flexibility that prevents rejection based on administrative errors and omissions.
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