Is it really just two weeks ago that Britain voted to leave the European Union?
Whilst legal ruminations abound in terms of potential implications, the most common and pressing enquiries from employers, in the immediate term, concern the status of EEA citizens: can those from EU Member States continue to live and work in UK and what about British citizens living elsewhere in the EU?
There are believed to be approximately three million citizens of other European Economic Area (EEA) countries exercising the current right of unrestricted, “free” movement to the UK and to be working here at any one time. An estimated 1.2 million British citizens do likewise elsewhere in the EEA.
As the mechanics and timing of initiating the Brexit process become clearer in the coming months, we can anticipate already that this will start to give rise to changes to the way the UK conducts business in Europe and, from an employment perspective, to resourcing and recruitment strategies. For the time being, however, it is important to stress that, in legal terms, there will be no changes to immigration law or to the principle of free movement until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU –assumed to be at least two years’ away.
Despite the present uncertainties over what the UK’s future relationships with former EU colleagues may look like following Brexit, to try to address some of the issues employers may have looking ahead and to share our thoughts, Eversheds has prepared a briefing which outlines Frequently Asked Questions concerning Brexit and immigration law