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Brexit Immigration Update

January 18, 2017, Covington Alert

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now confirmed the government’s view that the United Kingdom must leave the European single market in order to give effect to the outcome of the EU referendum held on June 23, 2016. In light of that statement, the UK government’s promise to guarantee the status of EEA nationals already residing in the UK as soon as possible after commencement of negotiations will provide little comfort to those affected. Prime Minister May made it clear that UK rights and protections will depend on UK nationals residing in other Member States receiving the same rights and protections, which may take months, even years, to agree.

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