The British government launched a phone app Monday to allow EU nationals to apply to stay after Brexit, hoping to ease concerns among those who have made their lives in Britain. Around 3.5 million Europeans currently living in Britain will need to apply for "settled status" to continue to work and claim benefits after Brexit. The app launch is a test stage before the scheme becomes fully operational on March 30, the day after Britain is due to leave the European Union. It will stay open until late 2020 or 2021. Prime Minister Theresa May has said repeatedly she wants Europeans living here to stay. Officials have vowed to make the process as easy as possible, but there are concerns at how they will cope with what some estimates suggest could be 6,000 applications a day. Talks continue with Apple to allow the app to function on iPhones as it currently only works on Android phones. Last year the Home Office interior ministry came under intense criticism for threatening to deport Britons … [Read more...] about UK launches app for EU citizens to stay after Brexit
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The Prime Minister put forward a Brexit deal that was rejected in Parliament by the largest margin in history. Theresa May's defeat, by 230 votes, is the biggest ever defeat for a sitting government and has now triggered a range of consequences. On Wednesday, the government faces a vote of no confidence - although conversely it is predicted to survive, with the 118 Conservative MPs who voted against Mrs May's deal now doing a sudden about-turn to support her government. If she loses, though, the country will be plunged into a run-up to another General Election in the coming weeks. With Mrs May expected to count on the support of her rebel Tory MPs and the DUP, though, no-one is seriously expecting that to happen - and a no deal Brexit becomes more and more likely. Despite most MPs seriously against that option, the lack of any uniformity or support for one proposed deal within the House of Commons means Parliament is at something of a gridlock - with the date the UK will automatically … [Read more...] about What does a no deal Brexit mean for UK and how it’d change your life
Several European countries have moved to shore up the rights of British residents in the event of a “no deal” Brexit, as the March deadline looms. It follows an appeal by the EU for member states to take a “generous approach”, should the UK leave the bloc without an agreement. The British government has also given assurances about the rights of EU nationals living in the UK in such a scenario. However, many details on both sides are left up in the air and campaigners have described the situation as “unacceptable”. The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between London and Brussels grants continued residency and social security rights, and secures freedom of movement during the planned transition period. However, all this depends on the deal being ratified – and strong opposition in the UK parliament means its survival is in serious doubt. Citizens’ rights in the event of “no deal” were addressed by both the European Commission … [Read more...] about What would a no-deal Brexit mean for citizens’ rights?
Theresa May could delay the “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal for a second time if she looks likely to lose it, David Davis has said. The former Brexit Secretary’s remarks came as the Prime Minister prepared to meet EU leaders and seek “clarifications” to help persuade MPs to back her proposals. The vote on Mrs May’s deal, which was delayed at the last minute in December, is currently scheduled for the week beginning January 14. But Mr Davis, in a column for the Daily Telegraph, speculated that it could be put off if Mrs May was likely to lose. He said: "The Withdrawal Agreement does not respect the referendum result. That is why the meaningful vote had to be delayed and one wonders if even the January vote will go ahead. "Attempts to frighten MPs into supporting it are unlikely to work, because voting down this substandard deal will not result in no Brexit." Urging Mrs May to take her time to get a better deal, he added: "We know that the EU … [Read more...] about David Davis: PM could suspend vote on Brexit deal for a second time
News / UK by Press Association 18/12/2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Europeans living in Scotland affected by immigration changes due to Brexit will be able to get support from a new £800,000 scheme. Changing rules coming into force in March next year will mean EU citizens and their family members will be required to apply to secure their rights through an online system. Consequently the Scottish Government is introducing a new service, through the Citizens Advice Bureau, to help EU nationals with their immigration status following the UK’s expected withdrawal from the European Union. The Citizens Advice Bureau will begin increasing capacity to offer more advice and support, and a solicitor-led helpline will also be established for difficult and complex cases. Visiting Leith Citizens Advice Bureau in Edinburgh on International Migrants Day, Scottish Government Migration Minister Ben … [Read more...] about New £800,000 support scheme to be launched for EU citizens affected by Brexit