All Articles: Brexit

Alternative options for EU partners: making an application under Appendix FM

Now that the election manifestos have been officially published we have an indication what Labour and Conservative have planned for EU nationals living in Britain. While the Labour manifesto confirmed a pledge to immediately guarantee existing rights ...

31st May 2017 By

Why the UK and EU cannot easily agree on EU citizens’ rights: UK vs EU law

Theresa May refused to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK but did at least assure them that their situation would be a early negotiating priority. That perhaps was not terribly reassuring given that Theresa May also suggested that e ...

3rd May 2017 By

New EEA(PR) application form guidance published

Most Home Office application forms are accompanied with guidance explaining how to make a valid application, and the EEA(PR) application form is no different. While the EEA(PR) form was last updated in March 2016 the guidance accompanying that form ...

27th April 2017 By

Home Office suggests EU nationals sign up for email alerts not apply for residence documents

The Home Office is now advising EU nationals to sign up for Government email alerts rather than applying for residence documents as proof of status. The guidance was issued on 7 April 2017 and is a tacit admission that the Home Office is overwhelmed b ...

25th April 2017 By

Do dual EU-UK citizens have rights under EU law?

The question of what rights are enjoyed by an EU citizen who naturalises as a British citizen and becomes a dual citizen has become a critically important one in the context of Brexit. There is huge uncertainty amongst EU citizens and their family mem ...

3rd April 2017 By

Home Office now says health insurance ‘just a technicality’

“EU citizens will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have comprehensive sickness insurance,” said a spokesman. Very welcome news but it is difficult to understand the Home Office’s legal position on all t ...

8th March 2017 By

Briefing: the legal status of EU citizens in the UK

Summary The Home Office has hardened its position on EU citizens who are living in the UK but who do not have a “right of residence” under Directive 2004/38/EC. New regulations were introduced on 1 February 2017 and a swathe of policy doc ...

27th February 2017 By

Brexit briefing: Securing EEA Nationals’ Residence Rights

By Matthew Evans, Director, AIRE Centre Introduction The rights of EEA nationals (plus Swiss) to reside in the UK are primarily addressed in the Citizens Directive (Directive 2004/38/EC) which is implemented in the United Kingdom in the Immigration ( ...

21st February 2017 By

Brexit briefing: Rights to Remain after Brexit

By Bernard Ryan, Professor of Migration Law, University of Leicester Introduction This paper is concerned with the possibility of a post-Brexit right to remain for those residing in the United Kingdom under EU law on the free movement of persons.[i] ...

20th February 2017 By

What does the Brexit White Paper say about immigration?

Short version: not a lot we did not know already Long version… Yesterday, the day after MPs began the process of the UK leaving the EU, the Government published a White Paper on Brexit. The formal title is The United Kingdom’s exit from and ne ...

3rd February 2017 By

Free Movement review of 2016

2016 has not been a good year for free movement the concept. Non coincidentally, it has been a busy year on Free Movement the website. The response of migrants and their families to harsh rules that would break them apart is not simply to abandon thei ...

30th December 2016 By

Parliamentary report recommends continuation of EU law for existing residents

Following hot on the heels of the hardline British Future report on the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit, the House of Lords EU Justice Committee has today published a report on the same subject. It is a far more comprehensive and compreh ...

14th December 2016 By

Report recommends cut off date for new arrivals from EU

A hardline report chaired by prominent Leave campaigner Gisela Stewart into the status of EU nationals in the UK has recommended a cut off date for new arrivals from the EU, likely to be April 2017, and a massive registration programme for existing E ...

12th December 2016 By

After a hard BREXIT: British citizens and residence in the EU

After a hard BREXIT: British citizens and residence in the EU By Elspeth Guild, Kingsley Napley, Steve Peers, University of Essex and Jonathan Kingham, LexisNexis, 3 November 2016 Introduction The purpose of this briefing note is to outline what a so- ...

9th November 2016 By

Government loses Article 50 court case. What might it mean for Brexit?

The Government has today lost a major case in the High Court on the issue of whether a Parliamentary vote is required before the Government issues notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to the EU that the UK is ...

3rd November 2016 By

Online EEA permanent residence and European passport return service now available

The Home Office has quietly and with no fanfare launched online residence certificate and permanent residence certificate application processes and accompanying European passport return service. I have put together a 20 minute video walk through of wh ...

4th October 2016 By

Home Office launches online EU applications and passport return service

UPDATE: Beta version of online service now available here. A series of pages have appeared on the Governments official gov.uk website suggesting that the Home Office will be launching a new online application process for EEA nationals on 1 October 20 ...

21st September 2016 By

What does Brexit Minister David Davis think about free movement?

Conveniently, David Davis MP, our new Minister for Brexit, made a detailed speech and wrote a detailed article on the subject of free movement and negotiations with the EU. From these we can see quite quickly that he does not like free movement. Of p ...

13th July 2016 By

Brexit: What should EEA and EU nationals and their family members do now?

On 24 June 2016 the right to live in the United Kingdom for over 3 million people of its people was suddenly cast into doubt. If generous provision is not made for them we are looking at the biggest mass expulsion of population since 1290, when Edward ...

12th July 2016 By

Worker Registration Scheme causing problems with British citizenship for some children

Some worrying news from The Guardian: UK citizenship has been given to the children of eastern Europeans living in Britain without the proper paperwork, the Guardian has learned. The affected families come from countries including Poland and the Czech ...

1st July 2016 By

Brexit Ground Zero: what now?

The people of what is currently the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. What happens now? Here I am going to take a quick look at the immediate consequences for EU nationals living in the UK. In short, there are no immediate legal c ...

24th June 2016 By

Brexit briefing: impact on Common Travel Area and the Irish

The implications of UK withdrawal for immigration policy and nationality law: Irish aspects By Bernard Ryan, Professor of Law, University of Leicester, 18 May 2016 Introduction This paper addresses the Irish dimensions to a UK decision to withdraw fro ...

5th June 2016 By

Brexit briefing: EU free movement and criminal law

Free Movement and Criminal Law By Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University of London 18 May 2016 Introduction One of the claims frequently made by critics of freedom of movement is that free movement of EU citizens is unlimited, even when these citi ...

3rd June 2016 By

Brexit briefing: EU citizens’ access to benefits

EU Citizens’ Access to Welfare Benefits: Past, Present and Future By Desmond Rutledge, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers 13 May 2016 Introduction Since the UK joined what is now called the European Union (EU), migrant workers, who are nationals of ot ...

2nd June 2016 By

Brexit Briefing: EU free movement in practice at home and abroad

EU free movement in practice at home and abroad By Matthew Evans, Director, The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), 10 May 2016 Introduction                                                ...

1st June 2016 By

Brexit briefing: rights of entry and residence

Rights of Entry and Residence By Steve Peers, University of Essex, 17 May 2016 Introduction The free movement of EU citizens to the UK (and vice versa) is a key feature of the UK’s EU membership. However, it is too simple to describe this as a ‘lo ...

31st May 2016 By

Brexit briefing: free movement and the single market

Free movement of persons and the single market By Catherine Barnard, Trinity College, Cambridge 10 May 2016; Case studies 1, 3 and 4 provided by Laura Devine Solicitors  Introduction This note considers the centrality of migration to the EU’s singl ...

30th May 2016 By

Brexit briefing: sovereignty and legitimacy

Sovereignty and legitimacy: the UK and the EU By Adrian Berry, barrister, Garden Court Chambers and Rowena Moffatt, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, 29 April 2016  Introduction The relationship between the UK and the EU raises issues about the UK ...

27th May 2016 By