Freedom of movement in the EU

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  • Who is in v who is out? And what are their rights?

    5 March 2018

    Free movement of people - alongside free movement of goods, services and capital - is one of the four founding principles of the European Union. It gives all citizens of EU countries the right to travel, live and work wherever they wish within the EU. In certain circumstances individuals have a right to residence, and in even more limited circumstances, they have access to the welfare system of the country they have moved to. 

  • Brexit negotiations update

    5 March 2018

    On 15 December 2017, the European Council found that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made in the Brexit negotiations such that talks could progress to second phase in the new year. On 20 December 2017 the European Commission published a first draft of the EU’s negotiating directives for the next phase. 

  • Analysis of the EU-UK Citizens’ Rights Agreement

    5 March 2018

    On 8 December 2017, a report was published jointly by the UK and EU negotiators. The report records the progress made during the first phase of negotiations under Article 50 TEU, including agreements reached on protecting the rights of EU and UK citizens, to be included in the final Withdrawal Agreement.

  • The current shape of UK asylum law and illegal migration

    5 March 2018

    The EU asylum law is based on directives adopted in the framework of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The UK initially opted into the first instruments adopted in the CEAS in the early 2000s. The CEAS was revised in 2011 and most EU countries adopted further directives. In 2016, a reformed version of the CEAS was proposed which aims to harmonise asylum systems further, using regulations rather than directives. The UK did not opt into these newer instruments and instead still ...

  • Home Office Stance on Free Movement of People

    5 March 2018

    On 18 January, the Home Office issued a response to the House of Lords European Union Committee Report on UK-EU Movement of people. In the open letter, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis praised the Committee for their report, which considered the implications ...

  • Access to Financial Services Post-Brexit

    7 February 2018

    The EU’s focus on Banking and Economic and Monetary Union is encouraging in light of the impending second tranche of Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU. The services sector as a whole accounts for approximately 79% of UK Gross Domestic Product and EU regulators’ continued focus is particularly important when considering the new basis required to enable businesses to provide financial services cross border.

  • Freedom of movement of junior lawyers – past, present and future

    7 February 2018

    In the UK, the titles covered by the directives are advocate, solicitor and barrister (thus excluding legal executives or trademark attorneys).  Since the Lawyers Directives only cover fully qualified lawyers, they do not apply to trainee/part-qualified lawyers (or those with non-equivalent qualifications).