The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on citizens’ rights, ahead of the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. An ‘implementation period’ will run from when we leave the EU to 31 December 2020. The rights of EU citizens and their families living in the UK will not change until 1 January 2021. Until this date, EU citizens will continue to be able to live here and access public funds and services as they do at present.
What status children and young people from European countries living in the UK will be given during the implementation period and after 1 January 2021 is uncertain. The Mayor has set up an advice portal for European Londoners where people can get more information. The portal provides information about European citizens’ rights post-Brexit and links to advice and support services in London. It also directs users to expert legal advice, support services and guidance on employment rights.
It is important to consider whether a child or young person should take action now to secure their EU rights.