590,000 EU citizens could lose their UK residency rights with Brexit
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More than half a million EU citizens in the UK may not have qualified for permanent residency rights at the time of Brexit, according to new analysis. Under existing rules, those from the bloc who have lived continuously in Britain for at least five years automatically have a permanent right to reside. A study by think tank the Social Market Foundation assumed that Article 50 – the formal mechanism to leave the EU – is triggered next year and the process takes two years to complete. It found that by 2019 more than 80% of the 3.6 million EU citizens currently living in the UK would meet the five-year requirement. The paper said: “Given the likely protracted nature of Brexit, it is probable that all EU citizens arriving in the UK before 2014 and continuing to reside here will have permanent residency rights by the time Brexit actually occurs. “Because the ‘five years rule’ is EU law it would be very difficult for the UK Government to rescind it before formally leaving the EU.” However, the think tank said as many as 590,000 people living in the UK may not have residency rights once the Brexit process has concluded.
Emran Mian, director of the Social Market Foundation, said: “There are 3.6 million EU residents currently living in the UK. “Our analysis suggests that, while the majority have or will acquire permanent residence, the right to remain in the UK of almost 600,000 people may be at risk if the UK leaves the EU in 2019.”
New work on EU citizens in UK. Most have/will acquire residence before a 2019 Brexit. ca.590,000 without that right. pic.twitter.com/qGeQNrzv7j— Emran Mian (@emranmian) August 1, 2016
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