Will Brexit affect my rights?

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The British Government has said that the UK will leave the EU on 31st January 2021. Many Irish people living in Britain have wondered how this will affect their rights. The short answer is it probably won't affect them. The British Government has stated that after Brexit, it will preserve the special status that Irish citizens enjoy because Ireland and Britain are part of the Common Travel Area (CTA). Under the CTA, British and Irish citizens can move freely between both nations, live in both countries, have the right to work, study and vote in certain elections and access social welfare benefits and health services.

The British Government has said people from other EU countries will need to apply for 'settled status'. Irish nationals will not need to do this, however they can do this if they it would make them feel more secure. Lawyers have asserted that Irish citizens with non-European family members living in England may find that applying for 'settled status' will help with their family member’s applications.

 

For further reading please see:

Brexit & You - Department of Foreign Affairs (dfa.ie)
Common Travel Area: rights of UK and Irish citizens - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
How does Brexit affect Irish citizens in the UK? | Free Movement

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