What if there is no Brexit?

With Theresa May, firstly, activating Article 50 procedure and then retreating back to the arguments of legitimacy and declaring the new general elections to take place in June, 2017 anything appears to be plausible.

Just weeks ago we joked around:

What if there is no Brexit?

With the matters unravelling now, this appears to be one of the likely outcomes. People get to vote again.

This is what we found out about Brexit:

1. Some voters had very clear stances:

It was quite downplayed in the media in portraying that some people did not hold very firm views on the matter or failed to educate themselves.

We found talking to a number of professionals recognising the fact that the over-regulatory attitudes and the accelerated speed of European integration did not fit UK’s vision for its economy and sovereignty.

There is a circle of country’s leading economists that project a better economic future for the UK outside the EU, who now continue to work to make sure the Brexit happens as it should.

We heard further UK MPs stating that they did not feel too enchanted when a supranational organisation threatens to penalise a sovereign state when it misunderstands the fact that the European mandatory legislation was implemented properly in the UK.

After all, the UK’s legal system is that of common law as opposed to the majority civil law countries that are EU members. Ask an EU national buying real estate in the UK, the process is so far detached from what they are used to at home.

In a way, the European Commission in its recent white paper on the vision of the European Union appears to recognise the fact and the need to reconsider what type of speeds of European integration the individual European countries feel comfortable with.

2. Some EU nationals voted in favour of Brexit:

As we speak to the delightful EU nationals who have spent years living in the UK and who have integrated themselves with its values and a unique modus operandus, they came to feel that there is a certain flair in the UK that cannot be found anywhere else in the EU.

They felt they were doing their civil duty and in their minds choosing the best for the country they came to love so much.

3. The Remainers felt upset by the ‘hard’ Brexit: 

We also spoke to the Remainers who said that they felt upset by the fact that there is the full move towards ‘hard’ Brexit after the fragile and divided UK referendum vote.

They also felt betrayed by the EU stance: ‘leave if you so wish’, instead of getting to the heart of the problem and resolving issues that might have been a good idea some 50 years ago, but currently entirely out of sync with the reality.

There were other more provocative views. However, we quite enjoyed observing the stir and unrest that different views and positions were projecting. We find the uniqueness in the perspectives very attractive.

What immigration issues does this highlight for foreign nationals in the UK?

1. The issue of dual citizenship:

EU nationals of the countries that do not permit dual citizenship feel let down by their own countries of origin as they did not feel adequately protected or permitted to have their own voice to defend themselves and their position where a host state decided to limit the voting rights to its nationals and the nationals of the Commonwealth. If you were a national of Cyprus or Malta, you had your say on the matter, by virtue of the Commonwealth.

2. The limitation of the EU law and European citizenship:

the EU law does not apply to protect the EU nationals in the UK in its national referendum and national elections. The EU law does not extend the mandatory right to representation on the national level.

3. The issue of permanent residence:

a number of EU nationals in the UK found themselves not meeting the requirements for permanent residence under the EU law and felt obliged to find alternative non-EU  immigration routes to cement their status in the UK.

Despite the mentioned rhetorics above, the UK immigration advisers unanimously urge the EU nationals to regularise their status arising from the EU rights now.

Please feel free to contact us through e-mail: saule@hnilondon.co.uk or phone: 0203 286 4887. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you on your immigration journey in the UK.

My passion is international trade and investment. I have been specialising in global strategies for wealth creation and protection for the last ten years. I am a public accountant and a regulated UK immigration services adviser. I have personally benefitted from EU freedoms and served as a specialist adviser for a national government.

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