The result of referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership has created uncertainty in the lives of EU and EFTA citizens, and their family members, 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 UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme has been established to protect future rights in the UK. However, the details of this scheme is not well known and there are differences in the protections between a negotiated and a no-deal Brexit.
Engagement by the charity, voluntary, private, and social sector groups, through publicly held EU Citizens’ Rights Events, will help EU citizens, and the British public, to understand the EU Settlement Scheme and the associated rights in the context of any time of Brexit.
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We are contracted by the European Commission Representation in the UK (EC Rep) to deliver non-political information sessions on EU citizens’ rights in the UK in the context of Brexit.
The aim is to ensure EU citizens, and all those connected to the lives of EU citizens, understand their current EU rights, to learn what their rights will be after Brexit, what will be expected from EU citizens when making an application under the EU Settlement Scheme, and to provide general reassurance that EU citizens residing lawfully in the UK prior to the UK’s withdrawal will have their rights protected.
This service is demand-led, and we invite community organisations or champions across the UK to request a solicitor for free to provide legal information at their events on EU citizens' rights in the wake of Brexit.
>> Book a solicitor to attend your event for free here <<
You can view past events on the EC Facebook page, on our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
If you are a business and you would like to hold a similar event for your employees, please contact us to speak to us about how we can support you.
If you are an organisation working with EU nationals, you can also join the service's closed Facebook group. There you can find information and material for EU nationals that you can share more widely. There you will also be able to learn about events across the UK relating to Brexit.
>> Join the Facebook Group here <<
Resources and Documentation
Please see here for a list of resources on EU law, the settled status process and Home Office systems. You will also find a list of third party websites providing free advice to EU citizens and the settled status process.