Nationals of the European Union living in the United Kingdom will no longer need to pay to remain in the country post-Brexit. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to scrap the £65 fee that previously announced. According to her, the decision has been taken to remove the “financial barrier for any EU nationals who want to stay.”
“I can confirm today that when we roll out the scheme in full on 30 March, the government will waive the application fee so that there is no financial barrier for any EU nationals who wish to stay. Anyone who has applied during the pilot phase will have their fee reimbursed,” she said in front of the Commons on Monday.
She pointed out that more details on how the scheme would work will be available soon.
The move to scrap the fee has been taken in an attempt to stop a no-deal Brexit, and is one of the six elements of a revised Brexit strategy presented by the PM. May also dismissed the idea of another referendum, claiming it would threaten the “social cohesion” of the UK.
Not all the MPs were pleased with the decision. Moreover, while a series of them applauded it, they still condemned May for refusing to change her stance on the Brexit deal despite of her recent defeat, when the UK Parliament voted to reject an agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
In June last year, the UK Home Office announced that EU citizens who wish to remain in the UK after Brexit will have to pay a fee of £65. A pilot Registration Scheme was launched in August for university staff and students.
On Monday, January 21, May announced that the EU Settlement Scheme was available for all EU nationals in the UK who wish to stay after Brexit. They will however have to register before June 20, 2021, when the scheme is closed.