The result of referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership has created uncertainty in the lives of EU citizens residing in the UK. Many have been asking questions about the application of EU law and what their EU rights are now and what they are going to be in the future. The outcome of phase 1 (the Joint Report) of the negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU and the publication of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement has provided some clarity on these issues.
The contents of the Joint Report and the Draft Withdrawal Agreement are not yet very well known by EU citizens residing in the UK. Therefore engagement by the charity and voluntary sector, and social and community groups, through publicly held events will help EU citizens understand their rights in the context of Brexit.
The European Commission Representation in the UK (EC Rep) would like to encourage and support these efforts. The EC Rep has contracted our specialist lawyers to attend forthcoming events on EU citizens' rights. Our lawyers will be made available, for free, to provide impartial, politically neutral information on EU citizens’ rights and to be available to participate in question and answer sessions. They can provide general information, but they can also tailor the information to the interests of a particular locality or group.
Our aim is to ensure EU citizens understand their current EU rights, to learn what their rights will be after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, what will be expected from EU citizens when making a ‘settled’ status application, and to provide general reassurance that EU citizens residing lawfully in the UK prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the UK will have their rights protected.
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