Europeans might have the opportunity to move to the United Kingdom, for an additional 30 months after 29 March next year. Reportedly, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will propose a plan to the UK Cabinet for the European migrants to be granted with limitless access to Britain for more than two years, in case Brexit takes place without a deal between the UK and the EU block.
According to Secretary Javid’s proposal, every EU citizen reaching the UK borders between March 2019 and September 2021 would be permitted to remain in Britain under a temporary residence permit. The sole condition would be a valid passport and the passing of a criminal record check.
It is expected that the pro-Brexit MPs will be harsh on Javid’s proposal, since they have previously demanded that Britain shall take control of its borders, in case of a no-deal Brexit. However, despite such demands, the UK appears to have no other choice due to a lack of staffing capacity to implement new checks.
Previously in July, Home Secretary Sajid Javid had told to the Home Affairs Select Committee that UK may never introduce a visa regime for EU citizens, even after Brexit finalizes on March 29, 2019. The statement had caused fury among the ministers.
EU Nationals Living in the UK to Be Granted With Permanent Residency
Around 3.5 million EU nationals currently living in the UK will have to apply for a permanent residency, in order to be permitted to remain and work in UK post-Brexit. Each of these nationals will have to pay a fee of £65 to the Home Office per application.
The UK has already launched a pilot EU settlement scheme in August. EU nationals working as university staff or studying at the North West of England or National Health System workers are taking part in the scheme, in order to allow the UK government to test the system using real applications.