Brexit bulletin

Brexit bulletin—government publishes no deal policy paper on citizens’ rights concerning EU citizens in the UK

The government insists that the reciprocal arrangements agreed with the EU in the draft Withdrawal Agreement represent ‘the only way’ to protect the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK. ​However, while taking steps to implement the agreed arrangements, the government is also preparing for all eventualities, including no deal.

The government warns that the UK cannot act unilaterally to protect the rights of UK nationals in the EU in that scenario but will take necessary steps to support UK nationals ‘where possible’. The policy paper sets out the details of the UK’s offer to EU citizens and calls upon the EU Member States to take similar steps to reassure UK nationals in the EU that they can stay and have their rights protected in the no deal scenario.

Before the Withdrawal Agreement was announced, the Department for Exiting the European Union published a series of technical notices designed to inform individuals, businesses and public bodies in the UK of the implications of exiting the EU in March 2019 without a deal in place.

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