5 January 2018

Brexit – EU citizens’ rights update

Build UK CEO Suzannah Nichol MBE, recently joined Brandon Lewis, Immigration Minister at a roundtable discussion on the impact that Brexit could have on the industry in regards to the rights of EU citizens currently working in construction.

There has since been an agreement made at the European Council, which states that EU citizens living lawfully in the UK before the UK’s exit from the EU, will be able to stay.

It has also been agreed that close family members will be able to join EU citizens and it will be easy and inexpensive to apply for settled status. A streamlined process will open during the second half of 2018.

The agreement will not only enable families who have built their lives together in the EU and UK to stay together, it also gives certainty about healthcare, pensions and other benefits. It includes reciprocal rules to protect existing decisions to recognise professional qualifications.

These commitments will be locked into a binding and reciprocal agreement with the EU, which can be viewed here.

You are able to sign up for regular official email updates on the status of EU citizens’ rights here, and all of the latest information can be found at GOV.UK.