Brexit – The implications of the vote to leave on work rights of EU nationals

Ballott BoxThe United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union.

The consequences of this momentous event will be discussed at length in the media over the course of the next few days. However it is important to stress the following:

  • European Union citizens do not immediately lose the right to live and work in the UK. This result does not have an impact unless and until the British government fully negotiates an exit from the European Union.
  • Equally, British citizens living and working in other member states of the European Union do not automatically lose the right to work and remain in their host country.

It is unlikely that there will be immediate action to notify the European Union of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 of the EU treaty. Given the Prime Minister’s decision to resign today it is unlikely that notification will be made under Article 50 before a new leader is elected

Should the British Government then exercise its right to notify under Article 50, a period of at least two years will follow during which time the UK will negotiate a new relationship with the EU. This period could be extended if there is a unanimous decision by the European Council, in agreement with the UK government, to do so.

Magrath LLP will host an early evening briefing and reception at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 29th June 2016 to address the immigration and HR implications of this result.

The briefing will be an opportunity to hear the views of experienced Immigration and Employment practitioners and to discuss the immediate immigration implications of Brexit. You will gain insight into the withdrawal process and what the future holds for the UK from a Business Immigration and HR perspective, including:

  • Exploring Article 50 – the mechanism that controls departure from the EU.
  • Consideration of an alternative points based immigration system for EU citizens.
  • Safeguarding EU nationals living in the UK and the proposed “automatic” right of indefinite leave to remain to all EU citizens.
  • The possibility of an Association Agreement with the EU to retain full access to the single market, thereby retaining the current freedom to work and reside.
  • The possibility of bilateral agreements with specific EU countries.
  • The impact on business visitors from the EU.

To reserve your place please email [email protected]

If you are unable to attend this event but would like further guidance on the implications of this result please contact your Magrath LLP Representative or write to us at [email protected].