PwC Legal: Immigration Alert UK (30 March 2017)

Article 50 has been formally triggered by the UK government

Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon has yesterday been triggered by the government serving as the formal notification of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union. Theresa May triggered the official process in a letter to the EU which was delivered by Sir Tim Barrow to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, this afternoon in Brussels.

Key themes from Ms May’s letter to Mr Tusk included:

  • Engaging with one another constructively and respectfully
  • Putting citizens of both the UK and the EU first
  • Working towards securing a comprehensive agreement and working together to minimise disruption
  • Paying particular attention to the Republic of Ireland which is the only land border that the UK has with an EU member state

The letter also makes clear that the UK does not seek membership of the single market and that the EU position that the four freedoms of the single market are indivisible and that there can be no “cherry-picking” is understood and respected.

As previously advised, there will be no immediate changes to the immigration rules regarding EU nationals currently living and residing in the UK, nor conversely for those UK nationals currently living and residing in the EU.

The final Article 50 agreement will need to be agreed by the EU member states, the UK and the European Parliament. Any EU Treaties will continue to apply to the UK until such agreements enter into force or until the two year period of negotiations has ended. Should there be no agreement by this two year mark, it may be that a request for an extension of negotiations is put in place by unanimous agreement of all EU member states.

We would also like to remind you to register for our next live webinar in our ‘Beyond Brexit’ series called “Beyond Brexit – what’s the deal?” on 27th April 2016 at 10am GMT, using the link below:

Our industry experts will be discussing what we can expect from the two year Brexit negotiations and what sort of deal we may be heading toward. Please do also visit our dedicated Brexit site where you can access our podcasts, webcasts, blogs and various other materials to help guide and support you during this period.

Please reach out to us should you wish to have more information on this alert.


Your PwC contact:

Mirela Stoia
PwC Geneva
+41 58 792 91 16


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Mirela Stoia

Mirela Stoia

Mirela Stoia
Avenue Giuseppe-Motta 50
1211 Genève 2
+41 58 792 91 16

Mirela Stoia is a Leader in the Swiss immigration team. She is a passionate immigration lawyer with more than ten years experience in the immigration field. Mirela has a Master Law degree from the University of Fribourg. She joined PwC in October 2012 after having worked for several years in the immigration department of a Zurich based law firm and subsequently for a Toronto based global immigration law firm (now KPMG Legal).

Her main focus is to deliver the highest level of immigration services to her clients with a pro-active, solution oriented and pragmatic approach.
Mirela has excellent connections at the Swiss authorities’ level and in the Swiss and international immigration landscape. She has been providing immigration advice and assistance to multinational corporations for many years and she is used to handling complex immigration cases in- and outbound of Switzerland.