Post-Brexit EU Citizen Settlement Scheme Positive Step for Business

21 Jun 2018

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Corin CraneThe Government has promised to fast-track the application process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, which will see decisions being made within "a matter of days" according to the Home Office.

Opening on a phased basis later this year, applications can be made online or via Android mobile phones, costing £65 per adult and half that price for children. Upon approval, EU citizens will then be issued with an ID number, which they will be required to use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment and property rental checks.


Commenting on the draft rules on the EU Settlement Scheme statement of intent, Mike Spicer, Director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "The guidance published today will be welcomed by employers and EU employees alike. It provides clear information on the status of EU nationals resident in the UK and those who arrive during the transition period after March next year. We know that some businesses lost European employees in the aftermath of the referendum, owing to the uncertainty they faced, so assurances that they can stay are a positive step forward.

"The next step is for the draft rules to be laid before Parliament and we urge all Parliamentarians to ensure this stage is concluded swiftly. We look forward to working with the Home Office to ensure greater clarity on this and other areas in the long term."

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, further commented: "Today's announcement by the Home Secretary will be welcomed by businesses throughout the region. The regional manufacturing sector alone has an EU born workforce of 14%, therefore the rights of European nationals have remained a cause for concern since the Brexit vote. With this in mind, it is hoped that these latest measures will enable businesses to implement long-term strategies for growth with renewed confidence.

"As the Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) for the Black Country, we aim to provide clarity for both businesses and citizens alike, helping to answer questions relating to the most pressing Brexit-related issues. Over the coming months, we will be taking our mobile walk-in centre across the region, where people will be able to drop-in for support on a range of matters, including the rights of EU nationals both during and after Brexit negotiations."

For more information on how EDIC Black Country can help you, please contact 01902 912336 or email europedirect@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

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