IMPACT – HIGH
Today, the U.K. government published details of its proposal on how it will treat EU citizens in the U.K. in light of Brexit proceedings, including proposals on how EU citizens would apply to remain in the U.K. following formal withdrawal. The proposal, titled “Safeguarding the Position of EU Citizens Living in the UK and UK Nationals Living in the EU,” is the first written offer from the U.K. government addressing the contentious issue of the status of EU citizens.
BAL reads the policy set forth by Theresa May and the Home Office as a minimum baseline of rights for EU nationals after Brexit and expects the EU to push significantly for greater rights during negotiations. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier responded to the proposal stating that the EU’s goal on citizens’ rights is to maintain “the same level of protection as in EU law” and to guarantee those rights, “more ambition, clarity and guarantees [are] needed than in today’s UK position.” Therefore, BAL anticipates additional negotiating and additional shifts before EU nationals have full clarity on their future status in the U.K.
BAL anticipates that given the U.K.’s proposal, the following areas will be likely areas of change and a focus for EU negotiators:
BAL Analysis: The U.K. offer is merely a proposal at this point and is likely to change as the EU negotiates its position. The proposal indicates that EU nationals in the U.K. would need to re-apply for their residency status either under a new voluntary system pre-Brexit or as a legal requirement post-Brexit; as such, they may wish to discuss with a BAL professional whether to undertake the laborious application process at this time.
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