Following the outcome of the EU referendum (namely “Brexit”), we’d like to clarify what the consequences will be in the near future and make a realistic forecast of what could happen and how this will affect the European Union citizen residing or willing to live/work/study in GB and in London in particular.

  1. As pointed out by all medias, there are no consequences and there will not be any sensible change in the current regulation and laws for years to come: negotiation will take at least two years and after these are completed there will be a further waiting time to enforce the new rules. Some analysts are predicting that the whole process will take 5-7 years. Therefore all EU citizen can freely travel to UK, apply for a work position, study, have access to National Health Service, benefits etc. just as before the referendum.
  2. According to all analysts, medias and politicians (including and above all those of the “Leave” front) the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union wouldn’t be traumatic and with no negative consequences for the EU citizen: we shall not forget some key facts: a) the economy of Great Britain cannot survive if real limits are put in place to free circulation and rights of the EU citizens. London in particular will be in deep trouble without the million or so qualified professionals from the EU that are working and permanently living in the city. From finance to tourism, from fashion to restoration/hospitality all the economy of the Capital is based on her international status. And London is producing the 40% of the entire GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the Nation… b) United Kingdom desperately need to have free access to the big European Union market, both for importing and exporting all sort of goods: if a policy of tight controls or limitation (such imposition of custom duties) will imply a series of big problem for the national economy. And that’s why the “Leavers” are already trying desperately to obtain a “mild secession” aiming to have a status such Switzerland or Norway, where free circulation of people and goods with the EU are not in discussion. c) There are many EU residents in Great Britain. But there are also millions of UK citizen residing on the continent: they will be not happy at all to lose their right of free circulation…
  3. What could really happen then? At the end of a long process that as said will endure several years, we will end up maybe seeing some limitation imposed to EU residents to access the social security and benefit system, just like the ones that were in place when the “Eastern Countries” (Romania, Bulgaria…) joined: their citizen were prevented to claim benefits for 4 years after their arrival.  Nothing more. But yet, negotiation are to be carried and even this is not sure at all, because the European Union is in a strongest position for the moment and will not give up easily on certain issues, if Great Britain wants to keep benefiting of the huge advantage of the EU single market.
  4. What to do? Nothing. Here is business as usual. And it will be like this for years to come. Our suggestion for the ones that are planning a career or a long stay in the United Kingdom is to come as soon as possible: this will put them in a better position to apply for a British Passport if they wish: double nationality is allowed and will permit the holders to travel freely to and from any country of the European Union.

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Key facts

  • For EU Citizen there will be no need to register when entering the UK if arriving before 29/03/2019: they will have the same right as a British National (social security, health, benefits, working rights etc).
  • After this date and up to 20/12/2020 people from the EU entering the UK will have just to register on line but will keep the same right of a British national as above
  • From 01/07/2021 any EU looking to work in the UK must apply for a temporary residence/working permit that will be valid for 2 to 5 years (according to the last indications that came from the authorities), depending on the type of work and skills required.

So, the early the better! More info on:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know.
We are here to help: please contact Londonorange if you need some clarification or if you have any particular query.