BREXIT WILL CHANGE THE RESIDENCY RIGHTS OF EU CITIZENS




Şimal Çınar –TDO- Prime Minister Theresa May highlighted that the change on the immigration rules will be a high priority issue during the transition period of Brexit and said that EU citizens who will come to UK after Brexit in March 2019 should be treated differently from the ones who came before. By saying that they are doing what the British people asked for them to do she said, "In doing that they did not vote for nothing to change when we come out of the EU."  She has made a warning by saying that the Europeans citizens arriving after next year might lose some rights. Also, on her way to China, May told the reporters that “I ‘m clear there’s a difference between those people who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the UK is no longer a member of the EU.”

However, the EU officials think that the changes that take places on the free movement for EU citizens need to take place as one of the last and citizens should be able to secure full residence rights during the two-year transition period after UK leaves the bloc. In an interview with the Guardian, the European parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Aerostat said "We will not accept that there are two sets of rights for EU citizens. For the transition to work, it must mean a continuation of the existing acquis with no exceptions."