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Alarm from business over EU citizen rights

Alarm from business over EU citizen rights

Commenting after the UK rejected Brussels’ stance on EU citizens’ rights, Punam Birly, Employment & Immigration Partner at KPMG said:


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“I’m hearing some alarm from clients after the latest arguments on EU citizen rights during transition. A number of employers had begun to act on December’s sufficient progress agreement but now the goalposts seem to be moving.

“Employers understand this is a political negotiation, but it’s frustrating when people see important agreements unravel. This will have a human and financial impact.

“In December it was understood that the ‘specified date’ for citizens’ rights was 29 March 2019. This week the EU Council’s supplementary negotiating directives appeared to backtrack on that agreement, instead saying the provisions on citizens’ rights should apply from the end of the transition period. The ‘specified date’ matters for immigration because the rights of citizens and family members will differ depending on whether they came to the UK, or another EU country, before or after that time.

“The current debate does little but confuse EU citizens employed in the UK and UK citizens employed in the EU. Organisations are also finding it harder to prepare for Brexit by moving people overseas and securing top talent.”


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