The UK government has decided to introduce harder border controls in the event of a no-deal Brexit, applying a tougher UK criminality threshold for EEA citizens in order to keep out and deport those who commit crimes.
According to a press release of the Uk government the changes will be introduced alongside a new European Temporary Leave to Remain for EEA and Swiss citizens and their close relatives.
“Citizens of those states moving to the UK after we have left the EU and up will the end of 2020 until be able to obtain a temporary immigration status lasting 3 years. This will give business certainty that they will be able to recruit and retain staff after Brexit,” the statement reads.
The UK Home Office Secretary Priti Patel is convinced that the UK will leave on October 31, no matter what happens.
“Introducing tougher checks and ending free movement as it currently stands will allow us to take the first, historic steps towards taking back control of our borders,” she says, adding that in the future the UK will introduce a new points-based immigration system built around the skills and talent people have “not where they are from.”
Under the new immigration plans of the UK in a post-Brexit UK that crashed the EU without an agreement, the blue EU customs channel will be removed, requiring all travelers to make customs declarations by choosing the red or green channel.
The UK also plans to introduce blue UK passports later this year, getting rid of the burgundy European Union passports.
Moreover, EU nationals who arrive in the UK after Brexit will no longer have the right to permanent residence under retained EU law. They will be permitted to enter the country for short-term trips, but if they wish to stay beyond December 2020, they will need to apply for the EURO TLR.
According to the UK government, the EURO TLR scheme will open after the UK leaves the EU and will involve a simple online process and identity, security and criminality checks.
“EU citizens will receive a digital status lasting three years entitling them to work and rent property during this period. EU citizens wishing to stay on in the UK after their temporary status expires will need to make a further application under the new points-based immigration system,” a government statement explains.
Last week, the UK government allocated £3 million in grant to fund charities and other voluntary organizations to help the UK nationals currently living in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway about the need to register or apply for residency post-Brexit, in a bid to support the over 1 million UK nationals currently living there.