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EU judgement protects the rights of self-employed workers

January 25, 2018 European Union

European citizens who are self-employed in another European Union state and become unemployed can continue to have the right to live in the country, a court has ruled. The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favour of a plaster from Romania who had been working in Ireland. He was self-employed from […]

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Think tank reveals impact of a post-Brexit transitional period for immigration

January 23, 2018 European Union

A British think tank is urging the government to reject the European Union’s demand to automatically allow European to have the chance to gain permanent settlement in the UK during a transition period. According to think tank Migration Watch UK, the number of EU nationals arriving in the course of a two year post-Brexit transition […]

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Wage growth projection worse in UK than in Greece

January 8, 2018 European Union

Official figures have shown that there has been a drop off in the number of people moving to the UK to work from European Union nations due to Brexit, but wage growth may also be a factor. The latest forecast suggests that the UK will have the worst wage performance of any advanced economy in […]

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Call for minimum border formalities between UK and EU after Brexit

December 29, 2017 European Union

After Brexit there should be minimal formalities at the UK border for European Union citizens arriving although those seeking to be employed should need to have a work permit, according to a new report. It would be in the interests of everyone if such arrangements were reciprocated by the EU with respect to UK nationals […]

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Applications for settled status in the UK to begin in second half of 2018

December 19, 2017 European Union

Amber Rudd, the British Home Secretary has announced that European Union citizens wishing to apply for settled status to stay in the country after Brexit will be able to do in the second half of 2018. She said in a letter to expats that the team at the Home Office is working to build the […]

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European Commission could get tougher on golden visas

November 22, 2017 European Union

The European Commission is to look into claims that residency visa schemes for investors could be attracting the wrong kind of people and even some linked to fraud. The so called golden visa schemes where non-European Union investors are granted residency visas in EU countries have been growing in number and popularity, particularly in Portugal, […]

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EU citizens will have up to two years to apply for settled status post Brexit

November 8, 2017 European Union

Citizens of European Union countries and their families living and working in the UK will have up to two years after the country leaves the EU to obtain settled status, it has been announced. Ahead of the latest round of Brexit talks later this week the Home Office has issued further details of what the […]

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Governments across the EU urged to speed up Brexit talks by higher education bodies

October 27, 2017 European Union

Governments across Europe are being urged by the leaders of European higher education bodies to speed up Brexit negotiations so that students and staff can work out their futures. Students from European Union nations who have recently started studying in the UK do not know what their status will be from March 2019, and the […]

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No deal Brexit could hit expat insurance, pensions and financial products

October 18, 2017 European Union

With talk of the UK leaving the European Union without a Brexit deal it has emerged that such a scenario could make existing cross-border insurance, pension and other financial services contracts illegal. British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has confirmed in a letter to the Treasury Committee that a no deal situation could create […]

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State pensions and upgrades will not change after Brexit for UK and EU nations

September 18, 2017 European Union

British expats living in the European Union will continue to receive their state pension after Brexit, which will be uprated in line with those for pensioners living in the UK, it has been confirmed. The same will apply to EU citizens of pensionable age living in the UK, according to the latest joint technical note […]

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EU citizens hold rally outside British Parliament in protest over Brexit rights

September 14, 2017 European Union

British Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis has told European Union citizens living in the UK that the Government is working to reach an agreement for Brexit as quickly as it can. It is thought that Brexit will affect around four million expats in the UK and the EU and Lewis decided to speak out as many […]

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British Government confirms progress on citizen rights after Brexit

September 8, 2017 European Union

Progress is being made on the future relationship between the UK and the European Union with regard to citizen rights, despite headlines suggesting otherwise, the British Government has announced. Issues relating to the rights of EU citizens, including health and pensions, living in the UK and UK nationals in the EU have moved forward, according […]

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Macron turns against the idea of total freedom of movement in the EU

August 31, 2017 European Union

While there has been much attention on how Brexit is going to affect people from the European Union moving to work in the UK, there are signs that France is also ready to crack down on workers. Recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron has indicated that he might support an EU deal to clamp down […]

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