EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill Passed By UK Parliament

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The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, paving the way for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on January 31, 2020, has been passed by the new UK Parliament by 358 to 234 votes. The Bill will now be subjected to further scrutiny in Parliament; however, the government is intent on the bill being put into law in time for the Brexit deadline of January 31, 2020. This ultimately means that there will be a 'transition period' and free movement will continue until December 31, 2020. EU nationals residing in the United Kingdom by December 31, 2020 will have until June 21, 2021 to apply to remain in the United Kingdom under the EU Settlement Scheme. The situation

Following Boris Johnson's victory in the UK election, the Withdrawal Agreement Bill for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on January 31, 2020 has passed its second reading by 358 to 234 votes in Parliament.

A closer look

Now that the Withdrawal Agreement has passed in Parliament, there will be a 'transition period' and free movement will continue until December 31, 2020. EU nationals residing in the United Kingdom by December 31, 2020 will have until June 21, 2021 to apply to remain in the United Kingdom under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Impact

Protecting citizens' rights. Ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement will make the EU-UK deal on citizens' rights binding on both parties in international law. In the short term, this means that the cut-off date for establishing residence in order to benefit from UK-EU freedom of movement will now be December 31, 2020, instead of January 31, 2020. New immigration scheme ahead. The UK government has promised that free movement will not be extended beyond the end of 2020, and EU nationals arriving in the United Kingdom from January 1, 2021 will be subject to the new UK immigration regime which will be applicable to all nationalities. Plan ahead. Fragomen recommends any moves planned for early 2021 are brought forward or in some circumstances that prospective employees visit the United Kingdom and make an application before the cut off. It will likely cost more and...

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