The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has written an open letter in which she stresses that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens in the UK topped the priority list in the government’s Brexit negotiations.
In the letter, published on the Home Office website, Ms Rudd states that the agreement reached between the UK and the EU ensures that the current rights of EU citizens and their families will remain broadly the same, with access to healthcare, benefits and pensions protected, post-Brexit. Existing close family members of EU citizens living outside the UK will retain the right to join them in future.
The existing rights of Irish citizens, associated with the Common Travel Area arrangements, will also be protected.
Ms Rudd said that EU citizens do not need to take any action yet.
More details of the settled status for EU citizens will be released in the new year, and it is anticipated that applications, expected to be made using a brand new digital system, will open in late 2018.
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