We’re living in a historical moment here in the UK, don’t you agree? In relation to Brexit alone tension goes up and down every single day. The post referendum panic forced the Home Office to work overtime and think up a plan to discourage the imminent avalanche of residency permit and citizenship applications from EU citizens. They have since received more than 92 thousand residency applications alone, since the referendum.
Who are those who were galvanized into action and filed applications for residency permits and British citizenship? Anyone who’s been living and paying taxes in this country long enough to loose a lot if not everything, if they were asked to leave. Business owners, freelancers, property owners, home owners, people who raised families in the UK, people with jobs in the UK, people who have paid taxes in the UK and as a result will not be entitled to anything if they return to their country of origin, people who have been paying for a private pension or state pension in the UK.
Last year we knew nothing of the government’s plans in relation to European Union citizens and this year we know little more than the promise that jobs are number one in the agenda. So EU citizens at the moment are still just EU citizens in the country until 2019. After the official exit, what will be the status of a EU citizen in Britain? A legal immigrant, an illegal immigrant or a British citizen if their applications are successful. The future is still uncertain and all we know so far for a certainty is that the government promises to secure jobs and businesses.
Brexit continues to be a historically divisive issue since the referendum. Over four million one hundred and fifty thousand signatures were presented to parliament in a petition for a second referendum with the following argument: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.” How did parliament respond on 5 September 2016? “Brexit Means Brexit!”
There’s no going back! What is the forward plan? If you’re an EU citizen, you can’t just sit back with a cup of tea and think of England. Yes, dry sarcasm which no doubt you’ve learnt in your integration into British culture, whilst at the same time enriching our multicultural way of life. You can’t just wait for the government to tell you what your options are and what your entitlements and legal rights are. A lawyer can help you through the process of securing both your business and your right to remain, as well as advise you on your options, your legal rights as well as your pension plans. All we need from you is to tell us you want to stay! We’re eagerly awaiting to hear from you. By Sandra Garcao
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