Did you know that the UK government has ruled out any “off the shelf” models for a trade deal and is looking for an ambitious free trade agreement, based on managed regulatory divergence?
If Brexit doesn’t work out?
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 January 2020 then freedom of movement in its current form would come to an end immediately.
However, EU nationals and their family members who were resident in the UK before Brexit will be eligible to remain in the UK and will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. They will have until 31 December 2020 to submit their application.
EU Citizens who enter the UK between 31 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 will enter the UK as they do now, with either a valid passport or national identity card. If they wish to remain beyond 31 December 2020 then they will need to apply for a new status known as European Temporary Leave to Remain, which will be granted for a period of 36 months. EU citizens holding European Temporary Leave to Remain will be eligible to apply to switch into a route that leads to settlement under the new immigration system. Time spent under this category can be counted towards the qualifying period for settlement.
How immigration affects employers?
- Existing Employees: We would advise that all EU citizens and their qualifying family members resident in the UK on or before 31 January 2020 take steps to register under the EU Settlement Scheme.
- New Hires: Where possible, we recommend bringing forward the UK start date of any new European hires or secondments so that they arrive in the UK before 31 January 2020. This will allow them to benefit from the EU settlement scheme.