Headlines > EU citizens in UK will have to join special register and could be given ID cards

Posted on June 29, 2017

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Dominika Krol reports on the new Brexit laws concerning 3.2 million people
The UK government has proposed that EU citizens living in the UK will be given ID cards and required to apply for a ‘settled status’ to maintain certain rights after Brexit. They will be able to apply for this ‘settled status’ after completing five years of residency in the UK. This can then lead to them applying for a British Citizenship.

However, EU citizens entering the UK after a certain ‘cut-off’ date, which has not yet been set, will have new immigrant laws applied to them. These laws have not been decided yet.

Although, in her recent speech, Theresa May stated that EU citizens will not be asked to leave Britain, there are still many issues which have not been discussed. Voting rights, professional qualifications, healthcare and rights for self-employed workers have not been guaranteed.

All of this uncertainty has caused many EU citizens, both those who live in the UK and those who wish to migrate here, to worry about the stability of their future.

What I think
There have been many disputes over Brexit over the past months and, with the results of the referendum being so close, many argued that there should be a second referendum.

As a EU citizen myself, Brexit and the new laws concerning us have caused me to worry about my future and opportunities in the UK.

Nowadays, young people face huge stress and pressures from society. Our already growing uncertainty about our future careers and lives will only be emphasised, and some of us may feel at a disadvantage due to our nationality.

The idea that EU citizens may be given specific ID cards may cause segregation among ethnic groups and result in people feeling isolated and unwelcome in the UK.

In a time where standing together and presenting a united front is so vital, do we really need more laws forcing division among the people of Britain?

What do you think? Please comment below.

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Dominika Krol
Dominika is currently studying at The Latymer School, where she is about to begin Media studies as one of her A Levels. She also takes interest in Chemistry and Psychology.

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3 Responses to EU citizens in UK will have to join special register and could be given ID cards

  1. Shakira Dyer June 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Thanks for reporting on this – I listened to Theresa May’s speech to the European Commission and it didn’t sound ‘strong and stable to me…in my point of view.

    Wondering what young people from EU countries will have to do after their studies… and all the other un-guaranteed issues you mentioned:

    > Voting rights, professional qualifications, healthcare and rights for self-employed workers have not been guaranteed.

  2. Shakira Dyer June 30, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    I also don’t know whether ID cards would cause much segregation — in the public at least. Unless you have to wear it all the time, you could hide it from your friends or people on the street, and then only show it when required to.

    • Shakira July 3, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      However this suggests there is a time you’re ‘required to’, whereas other people wouldn’t have to show these cards – more divisive is that you could only apply for ‘settled status after 5 years of living in the UK…

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