The United Kingdom government has set out provisions for EU citizens coming to the UK, upon Brexit, in case of a no-deal.
According to an outline published in the UK govt portal, if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the government will seek to end free movement as soon as possible.
Nationals of the EEA and Switzerland, as well as their family members will be able to travel to the UK for visits, work and study. However, if they wish to stay more than three months, they will need to apply for permission and receive European Temporary Leave to Remain.
The European Temporary Leave to Remain is valid for three years. Those wishing to stay beyond this period shall make an application under the new skills-based future immigration system, which is set to start in 2021.
The Home Office Secretary Sajid Javis said that if the UK leaves without a deal, it will end the free movement, taking full control of its borders.
“However, we need to take a practical approach and minimize disruption to ensure the UK stays open for business. That is why we will introduce time-limited transitional arrangements and grant EU citizens coming after March 29 temporary leave,” Javid said.
He also pointed out that the policy does not apply to those that reached the UK before exit day, since the EU Settlement Scheme will protect their rights to live and work.
“We want them to stay and value them hugely,” Javid insisted.
In addition, the UK government warns that in case of a no-deal Brexit, EU citizens will be able to enter and leave the UK as they do now, using e-gates when travelling on a biometric passport. It also specifies that Irish citizens will not need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain and will continue to have the right to enter and live in the UK under the Common Travel Area.
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