The impact of the UK-EU agreement on citizenship rights for EU families

29 March 2018

As EU law and UK implementation of EU law has changed and grown, the framework of British nationality law has remained the same. This has resulted in a number of difficulties that EU citizens and their families will face in acquiring or proving British citizenship.

The post-Brexit immigration statuses of temporary and settled status will ameliorate these problems for children born after Brexit and reduce the administrative barriers to naturalisation for adult EU citizens, but will not have retrospective effect. The historic problems with the interaction of British nationality law with the UK interpretation of EU law are likely to deprive many EU citizens of their entitlement to the acquisition of citizenship.

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