UK Immigration Update – Brexit

August 1, 2017 All, UK
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UK Immigration Update – Brexit

Last week the Home Office commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) to undertake a study to assist with drawing up the Government’s immigration policy post-Brexit. The MAC has been tasked…

Last week the Home Office commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) to undertake a study to assist with drawing up the Government’s immigration policy post-Brexit. The MAC has been tasked specifically to take an industry-focused approach and to consider how EU migrants effect different sectors across the UK, and to assess what the benefits and social costs of migration from the EU are. The Chair of the MAC, Professor Alan Manning confirmed that they are keen to collate client feedback and that they will make “a call for evidence setting out how stakeholders can get involved”.

It was also announced on 31st July 2017 by Theresa May’s official spokesman that free movement will end in March 2019, on the day of Brexit (despite media reports and confusion on whether free movement will continue after the UK leaves the EU). The Government’s statements suggest that a registration system for EU nationals arriving after the “cut-off date” will be announced in due course, and that the post-Brexit arrangements would become clearer later this year once legislation is presented to Parliament. The Government confirmed their commitment to lead a smooth transition to avoid a “cliff-edge” for UK business whilst Britain moves toward to a new partnership with the EU. Nevertheless, the shape of post-Brexit immigration system and relevant arrangements remains uncertain.


Actions now?

The prudent way forward now for anyone potentially effected by Brexit would be to explore options regarding the Home Office recognising their status in the UK, including potentially becoming British citizens.


Bespoke Brexit Briefings & Consultations

Ferguson Snell is offering a bespoke workshop and seminar service which is delivered onsite and relevant to your business, your industry and your employees. Through this briefing, Ferguson Snell provides an update on the government’s prevailing position on Brexit as well as an overview of the options available to your EEA employees, including how your business can support them in formalising their rights to live, work and stay in Britain beyond Brexit, should they wish to do so. Our Global Team can also provide an advisory session on supporting your UK nationals based in Europe to help formalise their rights to live and work within other EEA countries. As this is a bespoke service, we can tailor our briefings and workshop to suit your business immigration needs.


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If you would like further information on any part of this newsletter, please contact your dedicated Immigration Consultant via email on comms@fergusonsnell.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 20 3668 2700.