Brexit materials—post-Brexit immigration for EEA nationals
Brexit materials—post-Brexit immigration for EEA nationals

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Brexit materials—post-Brexit immigration for EEA nationals
  • Post-Brexit immigration
  • Home Affairs Committee post-Brexit migration policy inquiry
  • Post-Brexit models

Under the current European Union (EU) free movement regime, European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (being citizens of EU Member States, as well as citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) do not require leave to enter or remain in the UK. They are free to visit, work and study in the UK without restriction. Our Practice Note: Brexit materials—citizens’ rights sets out a summary of the background, timetable and current position in relation to the citizens’ rights aspect of the UK's withdrawal from the EU ('Brexit'). On 19 March 2018, the UK and EU jointly issued a version of the draft withdrawal agreement which showed agreement between the parties on a reciprocal regime of protection for residence rights of EU citizens who are resident in the UK (and UK citizens resident in other Member States) prior to the end of the transition period.

The government has set out their proposals for EEA nationals following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 (if the withdrawal agreement is finalised and ratified), or exit day, as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (in a ‘no deal’ situation).European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, s 20—interpretation

On 27 July 2017, the government commissioned the MAC to ‘examine the contribution made by EU nationals to the UK economy and society’ and ‘draw up proposals to align the UK immigration system with a modern industrial strategy’. This was to incorporate an ‘evidence-based’ approach to the question of post-Brexit immigration. An interim update was published on 27 March 2018, together with responses the MAC had received in relation to the initial consultation. The final report was published