From the very beginning, the Prime Minister has made citizens’ rights our priority for negotiations. The draft Withdrawal Agreement will provide nearly one million UK nationals in the EU with the certainty they need about their rights going forward.
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, all UK nationals lawfully residing in a Member State at the end of the implementation period will be able to stay, this includes British children being cared for by relatives. It also allows close family members to join after the end of the implementation period on the basis of current EU rules, where the relationship existed before the end of the implementation period.
Our policy paper, published on 6 December, confirms that EU citizens resident in the UK by exit day will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to secure their status in a no deal scenario. We are urging all Member States to reciprocate our offer in full and to communicate their detailed plans to UK nationals as soon as possible. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 4 April 2019, cW)
There are no changes affecting those who can adopt or foster since these are based on residence rather than nationality. All EU nationals are encouraged to apply to the European Union Settlement Scheme to allow them to remain in the country and indeed they are encouraged to adopt or foster vulnerable children to provide a safe home. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 4 April 2019, cW)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s report entitled Making Brexit work for children, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for his policies of that report’s recommendations on settlement status of EU national children in the UK.
The Government has either already implemented, or intends to implement, the majority of Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s report on “Making Brexit Work for Children” recommendations on the settlement status of EU National Children in the UK.
For example, when the EU Settlement Scheme fully opens there will be no application fee. We are also developing guidance for local authorities applying on behalf of looked after children; and developing age-appropriate communications content and material for children. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 3 April 2019, cW)
There is a range of support available to those who require assistance applying to the Scheme.
Generally, children under 21 applying as the dependent of their parent or guardian only need to provide evidence of their relationship to the parent or guardian to be granted the same status.
There is no need for them to prove their own UK residence.
The Home Office is willing to accept a broad range of evidence of applicant’s residency in the UK. Applicants will need to provide one document only dated in the last six months to be granted pre-settled status.
Guidance on the evidence EU citizens can submit is available on gov.uk (www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-evidence-of-uk-residence).
If applicants do not have enough evidence, the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre will work with them to confirm when they have been resident in the UK based on all the evidence available.
For vulnerable applicants, caseworkers will be able to exercise discretion on compassionate grounds, based on the range of evidence available. There is also support available through community organisations supported by the Home Office’s Grant Scheme funding. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 28 March 2019, cW)
The European Union Exit Operational Readiness Guidance developed by the Department, NHS England and NHS Improvement, published on 21 December 2018, lists the actions that providers and commissioners of health and care services in England should take if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a deal. This will ensure organisations are prepared for, and can manage, the risks in a no deal scenario.
All organisations that received this guidance were advised to undertake local EU Exit readiness planning, local risk assessments and plan for wider potential impacts. Risk assessments were to be undertaken by providers and commissioners of NHS services at a local level.
In October 2018, National Health Service trusts were also asked to carry out a self-assessment exercise related only to non-clinical goods and services received by NHS trusts from external suppliers. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 12 April 2019, cW)
On 19 March 2019, I laid a written ministerial statement (HCWS1429) on the Department’s plans for the continuity of reciprocal healthcare arrangements in the event we exit the European Union without a deal. This statement includes specific guidance for residents and posted workers who hold S1 entitlement forms.
The United Kingdom has proposed to EU Member States and European Free Trade Association States that we should maintain the existing healthcare arrangements, in both a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ scenario up until 31 December 2020. This will avoid disruption of healthcare provision which includes access to medication for UK nationals currently living, working, or travelling in the EU. We are also making a guarantee to member states, for the avoidance of any doubt on this issue, that we will reimburse member states for treatments that were ongoing on exit day, for up to one year where this is necessary.
Although we have been very clear that we would like to extend all existing healthcare rules, we cannot unilaterally guarantee all EU Member States will recognise EU healthcare entitlement forms including the S1 after exit day, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 1 April 2019, cW) (All sources:TheyWorkForYou)