What Next For EU Migrants After May Confirms Britain Will Take A Hard Brexit

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Theresa May announced at the Conservative Conference 2016, Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017. The Prime Minister still refused to confirm whether EU migrants currently living in Britain will be able to remain post Brexit.

Theresa May made it clear in her speech that ‘regaining control of immigration’ is her top priority for Britain rather than access to the EU single market, signalling that the country will be following a hard Brexit.

So What Can EU Migrants Living In The UK Do About Brexit?

With no information or facts regarding how Brexit will impact the lives of migrants living in the UK, the Prime Minister has created a society full of doubt and confusion. There is no answer as of yet, to what will happen to people in this situation. However the best action for EU nationals who want to remain in the UK post Brexit is to apply for British Citizenship.

If an EU migrant has a UK passport and British citizenship they will be permitted to remain in the country. However, some EU nations do not allow their citizens to hold dual nationalities so seeking British Citizenship could result in relinquishing their current citizenship. The countries which do not allow dual nationality are Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherland, Norway, Poland and Slovakia. 

The triggering of Article 50 in March 2017 means Britain has 2 years from then to leave the 28 nation bloc and the UK will no longer be a member of the EU by the end of March 2019. So there is still time to apply for British Citizenship to ensure EU migrants are able to continue their life in Britain. 


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Whiplash Claims in the UK – Legal Updates Affecting RTA Claims

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Contribution from our friends at Accident Claims Web, providing legal advice and assistance on UK road traffic claims in the UK.

In November of last year, Chancellor George Osborne announced major changes affecting whiplash personal injury claims. The changes are part of a move to tackle ‘compensation culture’ in the UK that may be having a negative effect on insurance companies.

However, the announcement of the proposed changes to the law is causing problems for not only whiplash victims but also law firms and prominent personal injury bodies. 

Proposed Changes Affecting Whiplash Claims
In the Autumn statement, the Chancellor announced a number of changes that will affect personal injury law and in particular, whiplash claims. Firstly, the small claims limit for personal injury claims will be raised from £1000 to £5000. Also, courts are to be prohibited from issuing general damages for minor soft tissue injuries – such as whiplash. This means that sufferers of whiplash will not be compensated things such as pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Whiplash victims will still be permitted to make claims for special damages so cover things such as loss of earnings of costs of any medical treatment required, so long as they can provide sufficient evidence to make their claim. 

However, the practical application of the proposed changes in the law will mean that as general damages are no longer to be awarded for such claims, in order to make a claim for whiplash the special damages claim of the victim must be worth £10,000. This is a great restriction on making a whiplash claim and will eliminate a great number of cases.

The effect of the proposed changes has already affected personal injury firms. Personal injury firm, Slater & Gordon, has lost half its value after the announcement. The Australian company’s shares dropped 51pc to A$0.94 The company said: 

“While the Government’s announcement was unexpected, the company believes that the scale and diversity of the Slater Gordon Solutions business in the UK positions it well to deal with the potential impact of any future legislative change," 

The problems with the new whiplash proposals have provoked backlash from prominent legal organizations. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, the Motor Accident Solicitors Society and the Law Society have come together to fight the proposals, largely backed by the insurance industry, which they deem to be "a red line issue". They will respond to the consultation expected to be pushed in March 2016. Each of the organizations will submit a separate response, each conveying a unified and uniform message about the proposals. 

It will be interesting to see the effect of the changes in the personal injury claims industry when, and if, the new law comes into force as proposed. The government has indicated that it plans to introduce the general damages reform in April 2017, however at present; there is no indication of when and if the small claims limit will be at the same time or earlier.


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Book recommendation: How the Law Works by Gary Slapper

How the Law Works is a refreshingly clear and reliable guide to the legal system in the UK. Offering interesting and comprehensive coverage, it makes sense of all the curious features of the law in day to day life and in current affairs. Explaining the law and legal jargon in plain English, it provides an accessible entry point to the different types of law and legal techniques, as well as the impact of European law and human rights law. In addition to explaining the role of judges, lawyers, juries and parliament, it clarifies the mechanisms behind criminal and civil law. How the Law Works is essential reading for anyone approaching law for the first time, or for anyone who is interested in an engaging introduction to the subject’s bigger picture. Available from Amazon.


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There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage – and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But politics is never static and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others. Riveting and tumultuous, DICTATOR encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man – a hero for his time and for ours. This is an unforgettable tour de force from a master storyteller. Available from Amazon.