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What does the election result mean for migrants in the UK?

13 December 2019 Iain Halliday Brexit & EU Migration


The Conservative party have won the election with a large majority and will now have the opportunity to implement their Brexit plan and manifesto pledges.

The UK will most likely leave the EU, with a Withdrawal Agreement, on 31 January 2020. Free movement of EU citizens will continue under that Agreement until 31 December 2020.



A second referendum and/or revocation of Article 50 (which would cancel Brexit) are now incredibly unlikely.

EU citizens who wish to stay in the UK must apply for settled status before 31 June 2021 to avoid becoming unlawful migrants. A declaratory system, which does not require an application to be made, is now incredibly unlikely to be introduced.

From 2021 a new “Australian based points-based system” will be introduced for all migrants (EU and non-EU).  What this actually means will hopefully become apparent in due course.

The hostile environment - which outsources immigration control to doctors, landlords, banks, marriage registrars, employers and even MPs and charities - will remain in place and will be extended to EU citizens after 2021.

Extortionate Home Office application fees will remain in place and, again, will be extended to EU nationals after 2021.

The Immigration Health Surcharge will increase from £400 per year to £625 per year, brining the cost of a standard application to remain in the UK for a further 2.5 years to £2,614.70 per person.

Finally no lessons will be learned from the mistakes which led to the Windrush scandal - all we can expect is empty promises. History will repeat itself ad infinitum.

This is a sad day.


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