About: citizens' rights

Brexit 09-07-2020

EU nationals shut out from UK welfare scheme, report warns

EU citizens in the UK risk being shut out of accessing the country’s welfare system as a result of a little-known test that requires them to prove that they are permanently in the UK, according to research published on Thursday (9 July).
Brexit 01-07-2020

COVID-19 pandemic poses new risks to EU citizens in UK, rights groups warn

The coronavirus pandemic risks creating new problems and uncertainty for potential applicants to the UK's EU Settlement Scheme and those who have already been given pre-settled status, citizens’ rights groups have warned Boris Johnson's government.
Elections 14-03-2020

Britons in Europe are disenfranchised while their EU counterparts’ rights hang in the balance

The French municipal elections which will take place on 16 March are the first since President Macron was elected and an important test of his popularity. They are also the first set of municipal elections in which British citizens in France will be unable to vote.
Brexit 13-03-2020

French polls – a reminder of post-Brexit voting limbo

France’s municipal elections on Sunday (16 March) will be a major test for President Emmanuel Macron in the wake of the popular protests by the gilets jaunes and over controversial pension reforms. They will also be the first such polls in which British citizens in France will not be able to vote.
Brexit 06-03-2020

New reports urge EU, UK to clarify Brexit ‘no man’s land’ on citizens’ rights

Campaigners have urged European governments and the UK to clarify their 'confused' policies to guide UK citizens living in the EU through the post-Brexit “no man’s land”, following the publication of two new reports on Friday (6 March).
Brexit 22-01-2020

Give EU nationals physical proof of UK status, landlords urge Johnson

Landlords and civil society campaigners have urged Boris Johnson’s government to provide physical proof for EU citizens living in the UK, warning that landlords and employers could otherwise be reluctant to let a home or offer a job to EU citizens.
Brexit 16-01-2020

UK minister defends EU settlement scheme as applications surge

The United Kingdom on Thursday (16 January) defended its much-criticised scheme to guarantee the rights of EU nationals after Brexit, as the country’s Home Office announced that a vast majority have already applied for settled status.
Brexit 15-01-2020

MEPs express ‘grave concern’ about Brexit citizens’ rights regime

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have urged the UK government to overhaul its regime for EU citizens’ rights after Brexit, expressing ‘grave concern’ about its EU Settlement Scheme.
Brexit 11-12-2019

Campaign group demands UK rights for forgotten Europeans

Civil society activists launched on Tuesday (10 December) a five pledge ‘Citizens’ Rights manifesto for the 5 million’ demanding voting and citizenship rights two days ahead of a potentially decisive UK general election.
Brexit 19-11-2019

EU nationals face delays, difficulties with Brexit settlement scheme, new report finds

The difficulties facing EU nationals wishing to remain living in the UK have been highlighted in a report published on Tuesday (19 November) by Migrant Voice.
Brexit 15-11-2019

Surge in EU applications for UK settlement scheme

More than half a million applications for EU settled status were received by the UK’s Home Office in October, taking the total to 2.4 million.
Brexit 16-10-2019

No escape from the hostile environment

The UK's offer of settled status to EU citizens may have seemed like a change of tack in its migration policy but there are many causes for anxiety, writes Roger Casale.
Brexit 14-10-2019

Brexit causes status anxiety among EU nationals in the UK

The negotiations on a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement have been painfully slow and often rancorous, but ministers have always insisted that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK will be protected. But despite all pledges, including from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there is continuing anxiety on all sides.
Brexit 25-09-2019

Labour vows to give EU nationals vote in UK general elections

The prospect of EU nationals being able to vote in UK elections has increased after the opposition Labour party adopted new policy to guarantee EU and third-country nationals voting rights in all elections.
Brexit 18-06-2019

Carve out Brexit deal on citizens’ rights, UK urges Barnier

The UK’s Brexit minister has urged the EU’s Michel Barnier to have a reciprocal agreement guaranteeing citizens’ rights in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Brexit 28-02-2019

EU declines to match UK’s citizens’ rights guarantee

The European Union will not match the UK government’s decision to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, and a Commission spokesperson insisted on Thursday (28 February) that the bloc would not negotiate ‘mini deals’.
Brexit 15-11-2018

The 585-page draft Brexit agreement in a nutshell

The European Union has published on Wednesday (14 November) the 585-page draft Brexit deal aimed at ensuring a smooth divorce next March and outlining a transition period for both sides to adjust to the break.
Brexit 22-10-2018

Brexit uncertainties haunt UK expats living in Spain

A lack of clarity in the Brexit negotiations has left many British expatriates living in Spain uncertain about just how the UK's withdrawal from the EU will affect their lives in the future, the head of the group 'Brexpats in Spain' told EURACTIV's media partner EFE in an interview Saturday (20 October).
Brexit 29-06-2018

Pessimism and general fatigue characterise final stretch of Brexit

Faced with a united and firm EU, the UK remains unclear on its projects for Brexit. Fundamental questions such as governance or the Northern Irish border are far from resolved. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Brexit 21-06-2018

Pay £65 to stay, UK tells its EU residents

EU nationals living in the UK will have until June 2021 to apply for permanent residency at a cost of £65 per person, under a proposed scheme unveiled on Thursday (21 June).
Brexit 19-03-2018

How do citizens in UK view Brexit, a year before the departure?

One year before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, EURACTIV's partner efe-epa spoke to a diverse group of people, including British citizens and EU nationals who have made lives for themselves in the UK, to find out how they felt about Brexit.
Brexit 07-03-2018

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, Brexit must not be brutal on youth

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, an Italian MEP has warned against a ‘brutal’ Brexit.
Brexit 01-03-2018

UK sets out new proposals on Brexit citizens rights

Britain set out new proposals yesterday (28 February) for the rights of EU citizens who settle there during a post-Brexit transition period, seeking to bridge the divide with Brussels over the issue.
Brexit 09-02-2018

EU doubts 2020 Brexit vision, sees longer goodbye

The European Union believes Britain will not be ready to make a full break from the bloc by the end of 2020 as Brexit transition plans foresee and several senior EU figures said they are bracing for a much longer goodbye.
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