The Government has set out details of its offer to protect the rights of EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit.
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Any EU citizen who has been living in the UK continuously for five years. Those who have been resident for less than five years will also be allowed to stay and then apply for settled status once they have clocked up the necessary five years.
Dependent family members – children or parents – who join an EU national in the UK prior to Brexit will also be able to apply once they have been in the country for five years. After Brexit, EU citizens with settled status will be able to bring family members from overseas on the same terms as British nationals.
Yes – although ministers are yet to decide when it will be. The Government paper says that at the earliest it will be March 29 2017 – the date Theresa May triggered Article 50, marking the start of the formal Brexit process – and at the latest the date it actually leaves.
Applicants will face criminal record checks to exclude those who are “serious or persistent criminals” as well as those the Government considers “a threat to the UK”.
Irish nationals will not need to apply as their status will be protected by the Common Travel Area of agreement.
May’s proposals lack ambition and contain “worrisome” limitations, according to senior Brussels figures.
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Brussels’ goal was for citizens to enjoy the same level of protection as under EU law, and May’s plans fell short.
Barnier said: “More ambition, clarity and guarantees needed than in today’s UK position.”