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Brexit update

BREXIT is far from done, apart from the obvious shortages of food on supermarket shelves and a shortage of HGV drivers and fuel at the pumps as a consequence, there are other less high-profile Brexity things to worry about.

Pro-EU march in London, with dinosaur

A pro-EU march in London in 2019, with dinosaur

UK passport holders whose passport bears an "issue date" more than 10 years ago may be turned away at an EU point of entry, even if their passport still has more than six months of validity.

When the UK was in the EU, its passport holders could stay in the EU up to the expiry date. Now UK passports are "third country" documants, bound by EU rules which state that third country nationals travelling to an EU country need to have a passport whose issue date was less than 10 years ago.

Family Permits delayed

UK nationals who have lived in the EU for a while and who plan to return to settle in the UK with their EU national spouses and dependents now need a Family Permit for their family members to settle permanently in the UK. Some EU nationals who have a close family member or spouse who's already got EU Settled Status in the UK can also get a Family Permit. They allow stays in the UK for up to six months and holders are allowed to work in the UK too.

The covid pandemic has meant that the processing of these Family Permits was delayed for many months and there is now a very long backlog. These delays have split up families - as EU nationals have had to return to the UK to start up jobs there, leaving their spouses and children behind in their EU member state waiting for a permit to allow them to join them and settle in the UK. The Home Office has admitted that it has declined to put extra resources into expediting Family Permit applications.

Border checks

Mew border checks for goods entering the UK from the EU and vice versa came into effect on 1 October. Export Health Certificates (EHCs) are now needed for some foodstuffs. Offices in some EU countries that issue these only open from Monday to Friday. Expect further disruption to the supply chain.

Even copyright is affected

The NUJ has made a submission to a post-Brexit consultation on changes to copyright law and specifically to "copyright exhaustion". If the UK government takes the wrong decision - which is the more "Brexity" one - it will allow cheap editions of books from other countries to be sold in the UK, which would represent a considerable threat to authors' royalties. For details see here - it includes a template of a letter to your MP on this issue. See the NUJ response here