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Where do you hang your hat?

In the event that the UK votes to leave the EU, where does it leave the many foreign nationals already working and living here?

4 April 2016

The subject of Brexit has dominated the press in recent months, in particular the migration of EU nationals. The principle of the free movement of persons is a fundamental right which underpins the European Union. It has been well publicised that countries have been unable to take advantage of other benefits of membership, such as the single market, without signing up to the free movement of persons. Norway and Switzerland provide a good example.

In the event of Brexit, any negotiations of remaining in the single market or negotiating a Swiss style agreement are unlikely, without the UK first signing up to the free movement of persons within the EU. This is unlikely to be something the UK would agree to, given the political desire to exercise greater control on UK borders.

Without free movement, EU nationals would need to satisfy the stringent requirements of the immigration rule...

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