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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.
Alana Mustill – Carter Law – Immigration Solicitors