Prime Minister Theresa may intends to restrict the right of residence on the territory of the United Kingdom citizens of the European Union after the announcement of the beginning of the procedure Brexit (the country’s withdrawal from the European Union). About it reports The Independent.
According to sources, the authorities are afraid that after the withdrawal from the EU the country can enter “half of the inhabitants of Bulgaria and Romania”.
Reportedly, a “cutoff date” will be taken 15 March 2017. After this period, newly arrived EU citizens will lose the right of permanent residence in the UK.
At the same time, about 3.6 million foreigners-holders of European passports who were already living in the country, will be able to stay in it until the end of the country’s exit from the EU. While the British authorities are counting on a “mirror response” from Brussels in relation to the 1.2 million citizens living in EU countries.
On 8 February, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament adopted the bill on introduction of procedure of withdrawal from the European Union. Six days before the government published the “White book”, which contains a Brexit plan. The document refers to the preservation of a free trade zone with the EU, continuing cooperation in the military sphere and in the fight against crime and terrorism. If this country leaves the European single market which includes free movement of labour.
In November last year may have declared its intention to begin formal negotiations with the European Union on Brexit at the end of March 2017.
A referendum on the country’s withdrawal from the EU was held on 23 June 2016. For Brexit voted more than half of Britons who took part in the plebiscite. The Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, and his place was taken by Theresa may.