Brian Hayes MEP

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The status of UK residents married to Non-EU citizens and that of their families in Ireland must be guaranteed.

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The status of UK residents married to Non-EU citizens and that of their families in Ireland must be guaranteed.

Thousands of non-EU residents living in Ireland with British partners face a period of uncertainty because of Brexit, said Brian Hayes MEP. Their rights to live and work in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) are clear at the moment, but that could change if a bad settlement was reached. This is over and above any consideration of the Common Travel area which is between Britain and Ireland.

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“The European Free Movement Directive gives EU citizens and their family members the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the member states. If the UK decides to stop participating in freedom of movement after Brexit, that could have serious implications for British citizens and their family members living and working in Ireland.

“I believe that a deal can be concluded that protects people in this situation. But they need reassurance that their concerns are being considered.

“No state has ever left the Union so there’s no precedence here. With a ‘hard Brexit’ the principal of free movement is shattered. We need to be proactive and armed with a clear set of priorities”.


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