Brexit happened - a bit

YES, BREXIT has finally happened. But don't panic, because it's not finished. Freedom of Movement, along with the rights of EU nationals in the UK - and UK nationals in the EU - remain in place under existing EU directives until the end of the Brexit Transition Period on 31 December 2020. The complexity of making any post-Brexit trade deal makes it possible this period may be extended. The prospect of the UK crashing out with no deal on 31 December, having failed to agree a post-Brexit trade deal, also remains. In October, the UK Government also said that it would deport EU nationals who fail to register under the EUSettlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.

Secondary legislation passed by the UK Government that appears to strip EU nationals in the UK of some of their rights to work in self-employment (see the January Freelance) appears only to affect EU national freelances who have limited companies. The NUJ is consulting its lawyers on this.

Watch for revised and updated legal advice from the NUJ for its members in the UK who are EU nationals.