Formal statement on the rights and status of EU nationals and UK nationals issued by the UK Government

On 11 July 2016, the UK Government issued a statement on the status of EU nationals in the UK post the EU referendum. They have confirmed that “there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum”.

The statement goes on to affirm that the formal process for triggering Article 50 will be a decision for the new Prime Minister and that they expect that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK and also those UK nationals living in the EU to be properly protected.

EU nationals can continue to reside in the UK and those that have spent 5 years working, studying or being self-sufficient in the UK may consider applying for Permanent Residence and thereafter naturalisation as a British citizen.

What this means for you as an employer?

EU nationals can currently continue to reside and work freely in the UK and conversely UK nationals can continue to travel to, work and reside in other EU member countries freely and without restriction.

There have been no other changes to the UK Immigration Rules for non-EEA nationals as a result of the referendum. The exit process from the EU will be a 2 year negotiation period and therefore we do not expect any changes imminently.

There is a big role for businesses to play now to help inform and mould the exit negotiations. Consultation between businesses and the Government will be key in the coming months.

PwC held a client webcast on 5 July 2016 around the next positive steps for our clients following the ‘Leave’ result. A recording of this webcast can be found on:


Please do not hesitate to reach out to your usual PwC Legal contact for further details.

New Swiss Citizenship Act (SCA) comes into force on 1 January 2018

On 20 June 2016, the Swiss Parliament voted on the new Swiss Citizenship Act, which will come into force together with the relevant Ordinance on 1 January 2018. The main aim of the new law is to limit the issuance of Swiss citizenship to well-integrated foreign nationals only. Furthermore, the Citizenship Act also aims to harmonise the residence requirements and implement into a law the authorities’ practice.

Please read our latest immigration alert outlining the changes in the Swiss citizenship law that will come into force as of 1 January 2018.


PwC has a dedicated immigration team who regularly assist clients with citizenship applications and who will gladly respond to your citizenship-related questions.


Your PwC contacts:

Mirela Stoia
PwC Geneva
+41 58 792 91 16

Martin Zeier
PwC Basel
+41 58 792 52 74

Christine Bassanello
PwC Basel
+41 58 792 51 21