It is January 2019 and I am a dual British-American citizen witnessing the complete paralysis of both of my countries’ governments, one in partial shutdown and the other unable to break the deadlock Brexit has wrought.
A number of EU countries have started to publish their plans for the treatment of British citizens in the event of a no-deal scenario after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
British citizens will immediately lose their free movement rights across the EU if there is no deal (see our 2016 blog on this subject), but these plans mean that British citizens already living in an EU member state will at least be allowed to continue living and working in that country.
With less than four months to go until the UK leaves the European Union (EU), we still don’t know what deal, if any, the UK will have with the EU. A big part of that deal relates to securing the rights of the more than 3 million EEA citizens living in the UK. While the Government has confirmed their intention to roll out the proposed Settled Status scheme regardless as to whether the withdrawal agreement is approved, those seeking greater certainty about their status and who are eligible, are looking to naturalise as British citizens. For some Europeans, the decision to naturalise is a simple one. For others, it may mean giving up their existing nationality.
Following my blog about labour shortages in the agricultural industry, the government has now announced that it will be launching a “seasonal workers” visa pilot scheme. The aim of this visa is to enable fruit and vegetable farmers to employ non-EU workers for seasonal work, for up to 6 months at a time. But has the Government overlooked a crucial issue by limiting this new visa to horticulture workers?