Optimism for EU citizens’ rights

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Migrate UK's Jonathan Beech offers cautious optimism for EU citizens’ rights following Friday’s Brexit deal

Amidst fears that Brexit could adversely affect staffing levels in dental practices, Jonathan Beech, MD of specialist firm Migrate UK, offers a note of cautious optimistic cheer for EU citizens’ rights.

“Friday’s announcement on the agreement setting out the rights of EU citizens in the UK and vice versa as part of the first stage of the Brexit deal is to be broadly welcomed. However, it should be remembered that: ‘Nothing is fully agreed until everything is agreed’. This fact is clearly noted at the top of the document announcement, as the terms between the EU and Britain are to be agreed by the UK on condition of an overall agreement under Article 50 on the UK's withdrawal.

“If all is finally agreed, then EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU will have their rights to live, work and study protected, with those yet to complete the five continuous years necessary for permanent residency being allowed to remain and apply when they qualify – beyond the Brexit date.

“The UK will offer reunification rights for relatives, including spouses, parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren, who do not live in the UK, to join them in the future. However, there is still uncertainty as to a cut-off date for EU migrants to be able to enter the UK and benefit from this – it could be up to March 2019. Therefore, despite this encouraging announcement, none of the changes are definite until the final Brexit agreement made between the Government and EU parties.”

Jonathan Beech is MD of Migrate UK, a law firm specialising solely in immigration law for organisations and individuals. He has over 20 years' experience in the immigration sector. Prior to setting up Migrate UK in 2004, Jonathan gained extensive experience working and consulting in UK immigration for the UK Border Agency and two of the “Big Four” global advisory firms, Ernst & Young and KPMG. For more information about Migrate UK visit http://www.migrate-uk.com/