United Kingdom rules out automatic deportation of European Union citizens post Brexit

James Marshall
January 17, 2020

During the interview, the Belgian MEP said that during conversations with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay this week, the pair agreed that those European citizens who had been granted settled status in the United Kingdom after Brexit would be given the ability to print out their confirmation details as proof.

Mr Verhofstadt said he'd had "assurances" from Mr Barclay that there would not be mandatory deportation of rightful citizens who had not applied for settled status by the deadline.

"I think that will happen, yes, it's hard to say when", said Mr Verhofstadt. "There will be a grace period..."

Frank discussion with @SteveBarclay. A few adjustments from the UK & more action from some EU countries would end the anxieties of many UK & EU-citizens who deserve certainty.

This new advice replaces that previously given to reflect the government's "Get Ready for Brexit" campaign which spelt out how a "no-deal" scenario would affect important areas such as passport validity, European Health Insurance Cards, driving licences, taking pets overseas and data roaming.

MEPs also warned that the lack of a physical document as proof of residency increased the risk of discrimination against EU27 nationals by prospective employers or landlords "who may want to avoid the extra administrative burden of online verification or erroneously fear they might place themselves in an unlawful situation".

Britain is set to leave the European Union on January 31 after agreeing a divorce deal late past year but will remain bound by all the bloc's rules until the end of 2020 under an agreed transition phase aimed at smoothing its exit. There will be a letter going out from all sides - parliament, the council - to member states saying: 'Look, in 12 countries things are going very well'.

Of those dealt with in December, 55% (219,200) were granted permanent leave to remain in the country, called settled status, and 44% were granted pre-settled status - which means they have temporary leave to remain and would need to apply again for permanent permission at a later date.

Remain campaigner Tony Blair even said that it was the most likely outcome, saying past year: "Europe is now on notice from Britain and its ministers that Britain wants Brexit to compete around tax and regulation, to become an off-shore competitor with the European Union".

The UK government has also sought to offer reassurance on the independent monitoring body it is creating to uphold citizens' rights under the withdrawal agreement.

In October 2019, security minister Brandon Lewis said that European Union citizens who fail to apply for the scheme before the end of 2020 face deportation.

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