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UK reveals plans for EU citizens after Brexit

28 June 2017

"EU citizens make an invaluable contribution to our United Kingdom - to our economy, our public services and our everyday lives", May told legislators. A two-year "grace period" after Brexit will allow those with less than five years' residence to secure settled status. The specified date has not yet been confirmed, although it will be no earlier than 29 March 2017 and no later than the date of the UK's official withdrawal from the EU.

Areas of disagreement include the ability of EU nationals in Britain to move family members to the United Kingdom after Brexit and the role of the European Court of Justice.

Thousands of European Union citizens who have already filled out an 85-page Home Office form and paid a fee to get confirmation of their legal status in the United Kingdom will have to re-apply.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

'Our aim is to make the application process as streamlined and user-friendly as possible for European Union citizens and their families lawfully resident in the United Kingdom, ' the paper said.

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The 150,000 or so European Union nationals who have already applied for permanent residence status documents since last year's referendum will be asked to apply again.

However, the United Kingdom still remains one of the most attractive countries for foreign workers to come to, with 89% of survey respondents saying they see the country as either "quite" or "highly" attractive to work in.

But spouses moving after Brexit will be subject to the same rules that now apply to non-EU nationals joining British citizens, which require the British citizen to meet a minimum income allowance. "They are an integral part of the economic, cultural and social fabric of our country and I have always been clear that I want to protect their rights". Since new rules were introduced in 2012, the United Kingdom partner - a British citizen or recognized refugee - must have a minimum annual income of at least £18,600 (around $23,000) for their spouse to live with them, if the spouse comes from outside the European Economic Area.

Speaking at a conference in Berlin, the Chancellor appeared to hit out at Brussels figures who have been critical of the UK's plans to leave, as he called on those involved in negotiations to "maximise [the] mutual benefits".

Will Irish citizens be exempt from this five-year residency requirement, and continue to be afforded equal treatment with United Kingdom nationals?

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However, he said that United Kingdom construction "relies heavily upon a transient European Union workforce". However, those who have already applied for permanent resident status since the referendum, will need to reapply.

The government's 17-page policy plan would allow Europeans to stay in post-Brexit Britain with broadly the same rights as British citizens, with access to healthcare, education, welfare and pensions.

On Tuesday, EU negotiator Michael Barnier tweeted urging the United Kingdom government to provide "more ambition, clarity and guarantees" for EU citizens in the United Kingdom and British citizens in the EU.

As many as 1.2 million foreign workers from around the globe are considering leaving Britain, a new report suggests. However, those who come after the date will have two years to "regularise their status" but with no guarantees.

I hope this offer demonstrates the fair way we intend to conduct these negotiations, and the deep and special partnership we now want with the EU.

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