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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Expats' Rights and Brexit; EU Nationals in UK; British Nationals in EU Member Statesr

From Financial Times - Millions of expats caught in Brexit no man’s land - Negotiating a deal to secure citizen rights faces numerous obstacles

Legally very complex unless completely reciprocal?

Government facing Brexit defeat in Lords over EU nationals, BBC

"The rights of EU nationals to remain in the UK after Brexit has been one of the most contentious issues during its parliamentary passage so far. In a letter sent to every peer, Ms Rudd said a guarantee of their right to stay, however "well-intentioned", would not help the hundreds of thousands of UK citizens living on the continent as it could leave them in potential limbo if reciprocal assurances were not given by the EU's 27 other member states".


Lords defeat government over rights of EU citizens in UK. The Guardian

Theresa May defiantly insists her timetable for triggering Brexit will not be blown off course despite suffering her first Brexit Bill defeat, Telegraph

Formidable 85-page EEA UK Residency Application document

Version 03/2016

Application for a document certifying permanent residence or permanent residence card under the EEA Regulations

This form is to be used for applications made on or after 18 March 2016
Who this form is for 

Use this application form if you wish to apply for a document certifying permanent residence (if you’re an EEA national) or permanent residence card (if you’re a non-EEA national) as confirmation of a right of permanent residence under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 (‘the EEA Regulations’).

Any reference on this form to EEA nationals includes Swiss nationals. 


You must normally have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years as: • an EEA national ‘qualified person’ (worker, self-employed, self-sufficient, student or jobseeker), • a family member or extended family member* of an EEA national qualified person or permanent resident, • a former family member of an EEA national if you’ve retained your right of residence after the EEA national died or left the UK, or your/their marriage or civil partnership ended in divorce, annulment or dissolution, or • a family member of a British citizen who worked or was self-employed in another EEA state before returning to the UK (‘Surinder Singh’ cases). You can also qualify if you are: • an EEA national former worker or self-employed person who has ceased activity in the UK because you have retired, are permanently incapacitated, or you’re now working or self employed in another EEA state but still retain your residence in the UK, • the family member or extended family member* of an EEA national who has ceased activity, or • the family member or extended family member* of an EEA national former worker or self employed person who has died. 
*You can only apply as an extended family member if you’ve held valid residence documentation (registration certificate, residence card, or EEA family permit) throughout the relevant qualifying period". 

Update 1 March, Government defeated on Brexit bill, BBC -

Government suffers first defeat on Brexit bill as House of Lords votes to guarantee EU citizens' rights

Brexicon: your guide to the language of leaving the EU - What you need to know on Article 50, the customs union and other issues facing the UK, Financial Times

Despite her assurances, Theresa May doesn’t care about EU-based expats, Guardian Opinion Piece, Giles Tremlett

Greek Woman Who Emigrated to Britain makes Touching Speech on Brexit (video), Greek Reporter

British expats in Spain count the Costa Brexit – video, The Guardian - "How do the largest community of British expats living in Spain feel about Brexit? When article 50 is triggered, the UK will begin negotiating its exit from the European Union – and expats’ rights to healthcare, pensions and their British citizenship all hang in the balance. Britons living in Orihuela Costa, Alicante – ‘effectively a British enclave’ – give their views".

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