Brexit and you: What to Know?

FT_Brexit_01Months after the UK decide to leave the European Union, the future shape of UK-EU relations remains largely unknown. So is the upcoming life of the EU citizens in the UK as me.

Overwhelmed by the row over the Brexit process, thousands of worried EU Nationals try to understand and find a way to get through this. As most of them, I would like to know how my work, pensions, savings and investments will be affected by the Brexit. To start I will be focused on my free movement right to work within the Kingdom.

What will happen to me now, as EU National living in the UK?At this stage of the deal UK-EU, the government cannot and will not give a firm guarantee about the status of European people currently present in the UK. That will depend on the kind of deal the UK agrees with the EU.  For the UK government it is also a matter of the future of the millions of Britons living all over the continent.  And just to know there is about 3.3 million EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, and about 4.5 million Brits living in other EU countries. In other words there still a long way before I get to know what is my final destiny in the Kingdom.

Here a question answer session to help understand the BREXIT



What rights do I have as EU national since March 29, 2017?Since March 29, the UK government has triggered Article 50. Meaning that the process of leaving the EU has started. During this 2 years countdown, our rights as EU citizens will not change that much- not immediately anyway. We still have the same right to live, work and travel as much as we can and want without borders restrictions or applying for a visa. This is applicable to EU family members too.

If you too want to check this out according to your own and specific situation, contact your nearest Citizens Advice.They will be able to give you more information and guide you if you think you’ve been discriminated against since the referendum, for example if you’ve been unfairly refused work or housing, or told your rights have changed.

Will I Have to leave the UK after the Brexit vote?Apparently there is no action to be taken now, as the laws will not change immediately. As usual changes to the law will be announced before they happen, so we’ll have time to prepare ourselves if we’re affected. In the same way, not all the EU nationals living in the UK will be affected by the post-Brexit. Many of them already have the right to stay no matter what. Those are people who have been living in the UK for five years (or will have five years by next year). For Michel Barnier, the EU Brexit negotiator, it will be secure to have an agreement which will protect EU citizens living in the UK by the end of the year.

Should I keep being worried about the post-Brexit? Yes, because the future still uncertain for most of us. However, the government is been trying to reassure people. Speaking on March 29, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she will sit to represent every person in the “WHOLEUnited Kingdom during the negotiation.  “And yes, those EU nationals who have made this country their home. It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country” added she.

Philip Hammond, the UK chancellor, as for him has indicated EU citizens can keep moving to Britain with “full rights” up until Brexit happens in two years.

The House of Lords EU committee said without a deal or other residency rights, their entitlement to reside as EU nationals would disappear overnight. A bit scary!!!

And according to the House of Lords EU committee, the governments of the UK and individual EU countries could decide to guarantee citizens’ rights in the absence of a Brexit deal. Just let’s say we are waiting to see.


What next now? I will Keep digging to find out more and I will be sharing with you. I am looking forward to know how my pensions, savings and my little company will be affected. For now what Does Brexit Mean For You? What did you find out about your rights or anything else relative to Brexit? Join the comment, this will help everyone to understand however the Brexit affects him/her.

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