There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the June 23 referendum, reads a document made available by the UK authorities, through the UK Embassy in Bucharest.
According to the document, there has been no change to the right of EU nationals to reside in the UK, and therefore no change to the circumstances in which someone could be removed from the UK.
“As was the case before the referendum, EU nationals can only be removed from the UK if they are considered to pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to the public, if they are not lawfully resident or are abusing their free movement rights,” the document reads.
The cited source also mentions that EU nationals who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK for at least 5 years automatically have a permanent right to reside. This means that they have a right to live in the UK permanently, in accordance with EU law. There is no requirement to register for documentation to confirm this status. EU nationals who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK for at least 6 years are eligible to apply for British citizenship if they would like to do so.
On the other hand, the aforementioned document shows that EU nationals who have lived in the UK for less than five years continue to have a right to reside in the UK in accordance with EU law. EU nationals do not need to register for any documentation in order to enjoy their free movement rights and responsibilities.
“Extended family members of EU nationals must continue to apply for a registration certificate (if they are an EU national) or residence card (if they are a non-EU national) if they wish to reside in the UK. There has been no change to government policy or processes, and applications will continue to be processed as usual,” the document also shows.