EU citizens in UK to register
23 June, 2017
The British government is to announce a registration process for the millions of EU citizens living in the UK, as a first step towards regulating their legal status once the UK leaves the EU. According to the plan, all EU citizens will be officially invited to “register their interest” to live and work in the country after 2019. The government is hoping it will help understanding the scale of the residency demand once Britain leaves the EU and prevent an avalanche of applications on Brexit day. The registration process is expected to be part of a new scheme tailor-made for EU citizens already living in the UK. It will not be linked to the current and controversial permanent residency process, which requires applicants to submit mountains of paperwork to demonstrate they have a right to remain in the country.
Meanwhile, PM Theresa May promised to listen more closely to business concerns about Britain leaving the EU. May's two-year programme, known as the Queen's Speech, was read out by Queen Elizabeth at parliament's opening ceremony last Wednesday. The Queen told MPs that the government is committed to building “the widest possible consensus” on Brexit and to secure “the best possible deal.”