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Invoking Article 50 will ‘crystallise’ Brexit

October 21, 2016 | Immigration, News

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the process of the UK withdrawing from the European Union will be triggered by end of March 2017, by way of the Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty negotiations beginning between UK and the member states.

As soon as the wheels are put in motion, it cannot be stopped unless by unanimous consent by all member states.

Once negotiations begin, the consequences of Britain’s choice to leave the EU will unfold, whether they will be positive or negative remains to be seen. Theresa May has admitted that there will be bumps in the road but is certain that she will negotiate and secure the best deal for the UK. It seems she would like to limit migration from the Continent while keeping full access to the European Union’s single market, which we are sure will probably not go down too well.

The negotiations can take up to two years, this is of course unless all member states decided to prolong them, which means Britain could officially be out of the EU by March 2019.

Several MPs have urged a parliamentary vote on what the government’s position is before negotiations with the EU begin. However, the government says this is constitutionally unnecessary and could undermine its bargaining power as issues including access to the European single market and migration controls are discussed.

Ideally for those EU nationals in the UK who have not regularised their stay yet, we advise they act soon.  Whether applying for a Residence Permit, Permanent Residence or Naturalisation, don’t wait until Article 50 is invoked and UK Visas and Immigration are inundated with applications.

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