EU migrants shouldn’t stay permanently after Brexit
EU migrants who arrive to the UK after Article 50 is triggered are not expected nor should be allowed to stay permanently, concluded a report from British Future.
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU member the right to leave the Union and outlines the procedure for doing so. When triggered it will give the UK two years to negotiate their exit. Once it is in motion it cannot be stopped or extended beyond the two years unless there’s unanimous consent.
Theresa May announced she would trigger Article 50 no later than the end of March 2017, meaning the UK should officially leave the European Union by April 2019.
Although it still unclear what will happen to EU residents in the UK there was a surge of migrants travelling to take advantage of an expected amnesty, recalled British Future. They call for a “cut-off” date to ensure people who are just going to the UK are not expecting to stay after Brexit.
Their inquiry included both Remain and Leave MPs and calls for the three million EU migrants to be given an amnesty and offered a permanent residence in the UK so that they can receive the same health, social and educational rights as British citizens.
Nonetheless Theresa May has so far refused to guarantee the migrants rights, insisting she will not do so until she has an agreement with European leaders so that they do the same for the 1.2 million British ex-pats living in EU countries.
“Britain should make clear at the start of the Brexit negotiations that EU citizens already here before that date can stay. This would send a clear signal about the kind of country the UK will be after Brexit and the relationship we want with Europe,” told The Telegraph Gisela Stuart, a Leave campaigner and Labour MP who chaired the inquiry.
"We should expect reciprocal deals for Britons living in European countries, but Britain should make the first move to demonstrate goodwill."
According to the report just 3% of the EU citizens living in Britain are unemployed, 51% are classed as employees, 9% are self-employed and 4% are children. More than 25% of the food and drink manufacturing workforce and about 15% of academics come from other EU countries.
According to Full Fact, a UK independent fact checking charity, in the year to June 2016 an estimated of 285,000 citizens from other EU countries immigrated to the UK. The majority of them (41%) went for a definite job. Instead most non EU-Nationals (47%) moving to the UK do so for studying.
Certainly, Brexit will also affect the 187,000 Latinos living in the UK but we will only know how after the negotiations begin.