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.