Working in the UK and EU during Brexit


The meaning of Brexit?

Brexit is a term that is used as a shorthand way to say the UK leaving the EU.Brexit was meant to allow the UK to be independent of the EU, which means it ends up creating many problems for people working in the UK. It was derived from merging the two words Britain and Exit to get Brexit.


Why is Britain leaving the European Union?

Bet on the referendum – on Thursday 23 June 2016 a vote was held which nearly everyone at the voting age participates to decide if the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union. Those at the favor of Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The vote result was 71.8%, with over 30 million people taking part.


What does it mean to EU citizens living in the UK?

Over 3.2 million EU citizens are living in the UK and there is also an agreement in place to enable them to work and live comfortably in the UK as they have done with their rights preserved and protected in UK law and enforced by British courts.

This offer also provides 29 March 2019 as the deadline date of Brexit for those to be preserved and protected by the rules. Children born to people who are qualified under these rules will also be included in the agreement whether they are born before or after the deal.

Furthermore, EU citizens residing legally in the UK have up to five years to leave after which they will lose their rights as part of the proposed Brexit deal.


EU citizens applying for a new status

There is an online system provided by the UK government to enable EU citizens to apply for settled status. The system is now free even though there was a plan to charge £65. Those that already paid when the scheme was tested, will be repaid.

What about EU residents working in the UK?


The EU citizens who are already living and working in the UK will continue to do so in the UK even after Brexit.

The plan is, EU nationals will be allowed to move and work in the UK for two years known as the “Transition Phase”.

There is also an ongoing issue on whether or not the EU nationals should have the same right as those are already in the UK, it is likely that there will be restrictions on things like access to welfare or to participate in local elections. Even though the UK doesn’t want that – The EU wants all nationals to be giving the same rights as now.

What happens after that two years “Transition Phase” has yet to be decided, but the plan is all about the work permit system alongside non-EU nationals.


Could it be possible to extend the transition phase?

Ever since the issue of Brexit started, have you had or received many concerns whether or not the Transition Phase could be extended?

Well, so long as there is no viewpoint by mid-2020, the two sides might decide to extend the transition period. This will not only avoid the need for the backstop at that time but will also keep with the EU flowing as it does now.

But this could only be done temporarily, the transition could not continue forever.


Mahim Gupta
Mahim Gupta
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