The crisis generated by COVID-19 has somehow diverted the public attention from Brexit. The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January, but will remain a member of the EU until at least 31 December 2020 when the current Article 50 extension expires. The fourth round of Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union, which included four days of discussion via video link due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, came to a close on Friday (5 June). The outcome of the negotiations it was not a positive one.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said “there has been no significant progress in the talks” and he added: “We cannot go on like this forever.
Taking in consideration the outcome of the most recent negotiations a NO-deal Brexit seems imminent. As evidence , the Bank of England governor has told banks to bolster their preparations for a NO-deal.
What prevents the two parties from reaching an agreement?
Both sides are seeking a free-trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas, but the EU has insisted that any trade deal must include the UK signing up to a “level playing field” with the bloc’s rules and standards. The UK has said this is unacceptable and doing so could undermine the country’s independence.
Britain does not seem to want to compromise. There will be no extension of the transition period!
Under the UK-EU divorce agreement, Britain can request an extension of up to two years if there is no breakthrough on the terms of exiting. But prime minister Boris Johnson and the UK government has insisted that it won’t extend the transition period beyond 2020. If an extension is sought, it must be requested by 30 June.
Europeans in the UK must apply for settlement by the end of the year.
In case of No-deal BREXIT, the EU immigrants from the UK must apply for settlement status by 30.01.2020 the latest. Depending on their particular situation they can get Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status. Pre-settled status or temporary residence will get the EU nationals who lived in the UK for less then 5 years and have exercised treaty rights in the country under the EU Immigration Act. The EU citizens who have exercised treaty rights in the UK for a continuous period of at least 5 years will be eligible for Settled Status or permanent residence, according to the EU Immigration Law.
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