Immigration: EU Nationals

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 1st February 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy to seek to ensure that EU nationals who come to the UK during an implementation period fall within the scope of the provisions on citizens' rights in the final withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The citizens’ rights agreement reached in December, and set out in our Joint Report, will provide EU citizens living in the UK before we leave the EU on 29 March 2019 with certainty about their rights going forward. This agreement does not cover those arriving after we exit the EU.

During the implementation period, EU citizens will be able to continue to visit, live and work in the UK as they do now, but we will introduce a registration scheme in preparation for our future immigration system. This is an important step towards regaining full control of our borders.

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