EU Nationals Living In The UK – The Effect Of Brexit

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A Group of PeopleThese are uncertain times for some foreign nationals living in the UK. If you are hoping to settle here or remain indefinitely, you could benefit from sound legal advice from an immigration solicitor in London like Saracens Solicitors. Exploring your legal options is a basic protection you can offer yourself against political uncertainty.

It is estimated that there are more than 3 million EU nationals currently living in the UK. Recent reports state that cabinet members are giving assurances that people with ‘acquired rights’ through working and settling in the UK will be given leave to remain after Brexit in 2019. However, if you are uncertain of your residential status, a consultation with an immigration solicitor in London will help to put your mind at ease.

What Are Acquired Rights?

Acquired rights are just what the name suggests. They are rights based not on a precondition but on the action taken by the person who receives them.

Acquired rights were a key part of membership of the EU. They stated that a citizen has the right to live, work, study, and raise a family in an EU Member State of one’s own choosing. It’s not clear yet whether these will automatically be upheld after the UK leaves the EU without formal agreement within the final terms of Brexit. As migrants currently settled in the UK make up 6.6% of the work force, it is within the clear interests of the country to make some sort of provision. EU law is uncertain as it states that treaties and agreements made through EU membership shall cease to apply two years after withdrawal. However, it makes no clear provision for acquired rights.

Establishing Your Rights

Immigration law is complex and establishing your rights can take some time. If you think there may be some question over your right to remain in the UK, it is best to act as soon as possible by engaging an immigration solicitor. In London, there are lots of places that you can go for help and advice such as the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and events organised by the Migrants Rights Network.