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The Deal has been reached, but not ratified. It will be ratified once the European Parliament approves the Deal on 29th January 2020.
So only after ratification on the 29th of January 2020, will it be correct to state that the UK is definitely leaving with a deal? Really asking mainly because on the Settlement Scheme web page there are still laid out the rules and deadlines applicable for both deal or no-deal scenarios.
So this means the EEA RC route would still be open for applications until 31st December 2020 (or presumably earlier since all cards will be valid only until then)? Has any cut-off date been communicated somewhere? I haven't been able to find any information on this.However, EU law continues to apply in its entirety to the UK from 1st February 2020 until 31st December 2020 (the Transition Period/Implementation Period), as per the Withdrawal Agreement.
All of that is pretty much correct, but British citizen can continue to exercise free movement rights, but any British Citizens who leave UK on or after the 31/01, will not benefit from Surinder singh. The CJEU will have to rule on that.secret.simon wrote: ↑Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:50 pmThe Deal has been reached, but not ratified. It will be ratified once the European Parliament approves the Deal on 29th January 2020.
The Deal will be implemented in UK law by the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, which got Royal Assent yesterday.
There were a few exchanges on Twitter on these and related questions between @JMPSimor and @StevePeers, both highly respected for their knowledge on EU matters (and worth following if you have a Twitter account).
Broadly, as I understand it,
- On 1st February 2020, the UK leaves the EU and becomes a third country.
- British citizens cease to be EU citizens. That may have repercussions as to British citizens being land-locked in the EEA member-state that they are in (i.e. they will retain the right to reside in the EEA member-state that they resided in on 31st January 2020, but lose the freedom of movement to other EEA member states).
- However, EU law continues to apply in its entirety to the UK from 1st February 2020 until 31st December 2020 (the Transition Period/Implementation Period), as per the Withdrawal Agreement.
- Once the Transition Period ends, the status of EU law going forward after 31st December 2020 is subject to negotiations (the Future Relationship).
By the EU Withdrawal Act 2018, at the end of the Transition Period, EU law will be imported directly into UK law (as "retained EU law"), but will form a part of British law and will therefore be amendable and repealable by Parliament, unless forbidden by the Future Relationship Agreement/Treaty.
- The status of non-EU EEA citizens (from the EFTA countries; Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) will be in line with agreements that the UK has reached with those countries and their rights and statuses may diverge from those of EU citizens.
CCing @Obie in for his learned opinion.
Sure enough, as of today January 29th, the Settlement Scheme website has been edited to remove all references to a no deal scenario. So at least there is no more uncertainty on that point, and no more references to alternative deadlines.