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UK Permanent Residency: Poker-Faced Politics

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum, EU Workers, Permanent Residency by Adam

Theresa May has always played her cards close to her chest in her political career, and she has a reputation for standing by her decisions with steely determination. When it comes to the issue of UK Permanent Residency for EU migrants, however, there is growing opposition from cross-party politics that make this episode a bit more tricky. One of the unusual aspects of the EU referendum was how it became a cross-party issue, seeing MPs from all sides being free from the “whip” and able to take the side they preferred. Or rather take the side they genuinely understood represented their constituents’ opinion. The UK Permanent Residency Promise But far beyond the referendum, and even after MPs had crawled back to their own sides – some with tails between their political legs – we now see a different cross-party action …

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Bad Permanent Residency Refusals are Worse than just Bad PR

In All, Permanent Residency by Adam

Sometimes I really wonder if the Conservatives are on some kind of Public Relations self-destruct mission, hell-bent on ensuring that they never get elected again. With the number of Permanent Residency Refusals mixed in with the callous cutting of various welfare, care, public service and education budgets, surely no-one with any sense could vote for them. No-one with integrity: surely? Bruno Pollet and his family are a case in point. They are a family like so many in the UK: made up of a British Citizen, their EU national spouse, and a child or children – who by default have British Citizenship.  Bruno moved to the UK from France over twenty-five years ago and married Emma – a Scottish Brit – just six years ago. He’s a highly qualified professor of energy and environment in Ulster and a researcher for …

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Permanent Residency: Unplanned, Uncertain and Unfair

In All, Brexit, Permanent Residency by Adam

Ever since we were all jolted upright by the Brexit result we have been waiting to hear plans of how it might affect all our lives in the UK. However, when it comes to EU nationals currently living and working in the UK, the uncertainty of their future must be a constant worry. There is still no guarantee that they will even be afforded automatic Permanent Residency (PR). It has been hinted at and suggested, but without any promise on the table millions of people are stuck in limbo. Permanent Residency can only be applied for by an EU national with five or more years living in the UK, under current immigration rules. Even then, PR is not guaranteed and a thorough application has to be made. Under the free movement arrangement EU workers don’t have to opt for or worry …