Brexit delay – what does this mean for your current staff and future hires?

SITC sponsor, Fragomen, have recently written an interesting article that focuses on the Brexit delay and it’s impact on Immigration.

 

  • Government representatives from the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) agreed to further postpone the UK’s exit from the EU until 31 October, 2019.
  • This could change if both the UK and EU ratify the Withdrawal Agreement before then. In that case, the UK would leave the EU the first day of the following month.
  • During the extension, the UK will remain a member of the EU and UK nationals will continue to benefit from the rights provided to EU nationals, meaning they will not need work permits to work in EU countries.
  • However, if the UK does not hold elections for the European Parliament between 23-26 May, 2019 and does not ratify the Withdrawal Agreement before 22 May, 2019, a no-deal Brexit will occur on 1 June, 2019, unless a further extension is granted.

Impact

  • Employers should benefit from additional time to develop no-deal contingency plans.
  • EU nationals in the UK. Eligible EU nationals and their family members are advised to register under the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • UK nationals in Europe. During the extension, the UK will remain a member of the EU and UK nationals will continue to be able to enter EU countries without a visa. UK nationals and their families should benefit from more time to complete necessary registrations and applications, and prepare supporting documents to prepare for Brexit.

Looking ahead

Fragomen will be closely monitoring the developments and providing commentary and analysis. Many EU countries have published contingency plans for UK nationals in case of a no-deal Brexit