United Kingdom – House of Lords Ruling

House of Lords peers insist on post-Brexit protection for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals

What has changed

On March 1, 2017, the overwhelmingly majority of the House of Lords peers voted in favor of an amendment to the Brexit Bill, which, if approved by the Members of Parliament (MPs), will force the government to guarantee the immigration status of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals currently living in the United Kingdom.
Who is effected?
  •  EEA nationals currently living in the United Kingdom

What to expect

The Bill is now back in the House of Commons where MPs will decide whether to retain the proposed amendment. While the government is not averse to the idea in principle, the official position is that no legislation protecting the rights of EEA nationals in the United Kingdom should be passed until reciprocal arrangements have been made with the European Union (EU) in relation to British nationals living in other member states.

As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen what impact these developments will have on the rights of those EEA nationals who enter the United Kingdom after the process of withdrawal from the EU is triggered.
What you need to do
Planning ahead
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.