Britain is threatening to deport EU citizens if they do not apply in time for a new immigration status after Britain leaves the bloc and will only be tolerated in exceptional circumstances, informed sources said.
According to the undisclosed guidance, the government has drawn up a small list of exemptions such as those with physical or mental disabilities or children whose parents have not applied for them, the sources said.
“3.5 million EU citizens living in Britain have received the new legal status before the December 31, 2020, deadline”
The government is making the biggest changes to British border controls in decades, ending the priority given to EU immigrants over immigrants from other countries. Most of the bloc’s citizens will need some form of prior government permission to stay in Britain.
Government data show that just over half of the 3.5 million EU citizens living in Britain have received the new legal status before the December 31, 2020, deadline.
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Lawyers handling immigration cases say the Interior Ministry invited them a few months ago to see the government’s draft immigration guidelines, which included a section on what would happen to EU citizens who do not apply on time. The government did not say when the information would be released.
Britain holds a general election on December 12 and if the Conservative government loses in the election, the proposals could change.