Much uncertainty, but Settled Status app for iPhone is here...

Brexit update

THE UK is now set to leave the EU either around 31 January, or later - or not. This is all subject to the outcome of the 12 December General Election. NUJ members who are EU nationals resident in the UK have until 31 December 2020 to register via the EU Settlement Scheme in the event that the UK leaves without concluding a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, or 30 June 2021 if such a deal is concluded. This depends largely on the General Election.


Yet another People's Vote March in London, this one in October 2019

Meanwhile, some good news: since the end of October the EU Exit: ID Document Check app, through which EU nationals will have to apply for Settled Status, now seems to work on iPhones as well as Android. You'll need an iPhone 7 or later.

There has still been no "primary legislation" put before the UK Parliament to formally guarantee the rights of EU nationals.

Back in October, Guy Verhofstadt, European Parliament coordinator on matters relating to Brexit, warned that the European Parliament's acceptance of the latest version of the Withdrawal Agreement was conditional on "further assurances - received over the UK government's treatment of EU citizens, including 200,000 people who are regarded as being vulnerable".

In the same month the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament wrote to the Minister for Exiting the European Union expressing concern at the plight of self-employed EU nationals in the UK post-Brexit. The letter expressed a fear that draft secondary legislation due to be enacted after the UK left the EU would mean "after exit day, EU citizens would no longer be able to be self-employed - in the UK on the same basis as British citizens".

This lack of any concrete guarantees for EU nationals in the UK also affects the many UK nationals resident in the EU. Many EU member states have draft legislation guaranteeing the rights of UK nationals after Brexit, ready to go to their legislature, but conditional on "reciprocity" regarding treatment of their nationals in the UK. This has not been forthcoming from the UK, leaving many UK nationals in EU member states in a state of uncertainty.