Are you an Irish Traveller with Irish citizenship and unsure how Brexit affects you? Are you Roma and recently moved to the UK from an EU state and want the latest updates about Brexit? Well we have some useful links and information to help keep you up to date.
British and Irish Governments sign Memorandum of Understanding on Common Travel area
The British and Irish governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming their commitment to the Common Travel Area. British and Irish citizens enjoy additional rights in Ireland and the UK. These include the right to work, study and vote in certain elections, as well as to access social welfare benefits and health services. The text of the MOU is available here
Department for Foreign Affairs: updates on Ireland’s statements about Brexit.
The Department for Foreign Affairs has a dedicated page for Brexit where you can find out all about Ireland’s latest statements and positions regarding Brexit. This can be accessed here.
Brexit and Irish citizens: how to safeguard the rights of Irish citizens in an uncertain future.
In 2017 Traveller Movement commissioned migration lawyer Simon Cox to conduct an analysis on the existing rights of Irish citizens and Irish Travellers who are Irish citizens. You can read the full report here.
Brexit: Ireland’s priorities
The Irish Government has published its priorities for Brexit, outlined what they believe to be the key risks and suggestions to mitigate these risks. These priorities include the peace process, trade and economy, the Common Travel Area and the influence of the EU and Ireland’s ability to influence. The full document can be found here.
Irish in Britain
Irish in Britain regularly update their website to provide information for Irish citizens on Brexit. Do regularly check their website for the latest information.
Roma and EU citizens
IPPR: Roma communities and Brexit
In October 2016 policy think tank IPPR published a report on Brexit and the potential impact on Roma communities. The report found that “following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, Roma communities face a triple whammy of risks: uncertainty over their future legal status, rising concerns about hate crime, and a potential loss of EU funding for integration and support services. Read the full report here.
EEA Nationals’ Residence rights: advice from ILPA
The Aire Centre Director, Matthew Evans has written a useful paper for ILPA on securing European Economic Area (EEA) nationals’ residence rights ahead of Brexit. The paper provides guidance on what EEA nationals can do to protect their own rights and their family member rights. It also provides details on what evidence is needed and other scenarios such as applying for British citizenship. The full guidance can be found here.
EU citizens’ rights: Update from government on settled status
The Home Office and the Department for Exiting the European Union have provided clear instructions on how to apply for settled status scheme. The departments state that “Those applying to stay in the UK after we leave the EU will not have their applications refused on minor technicalities and caseworkers considering applications will exercise discretion where appropriate. We expect the majority of cases to be granted”. For further information on how to apply, please visit Gov.UK
Roma Support Group
The Roma Support Group have a dedicated page with regular updates about Brexit and Roma. Check regularly for updates.