January 28, 2023

Brits in EU denied work, benefits after Brexit: Home Secretary, Europe News & Top Stories

LONDON (AFP) – Some British people living in the European Union are having difficulties accessing benefits, services and jobs, Home Secretary Priti Patel complained on Wednesday (June 23) on the fifth anniversary of the historic Brexit vote.

In an article in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Patel accused EU countries of treating British people unfairly, five years after more than 51 per cent of Britons voted to leave the bloc following a campaign led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Ms Patel said that “there have been a number of reported instances of UK nationals in the EU being asked for residence documents they do not need to hold, being prevented from accessing benefits and services, and having trouble with their right to work”.

She also cited problems with travel to the EU, saying that some British nationals have “faced disruption on boarding and entry”.

She stressed it was “only right that the EU uphold their obligations on citizens’ rights, just as the UK has done for EU citizens in the UK”. Meanwhile, she boasted that the UK’s settlement scheme for EU citizens, which opened in March 2019, was “very generous”.

By contrast, many EU countries have windows of a year or less for their equivalent schemes for British nationals, she said, and “France’s is currently open for less than nine months”.

She urged EU citizens to meet a June 30 deadline to apply for UK residency rights, but said those who missed it on reasonable grounds will still be able to apply.

Immigration minister Kevin Foster said on Wednesday that such exceptions would include children whose parents failed to apply for them or people who had a serious illness that prevented them from applying.

He said immigration officers will be able to issue 28-day notices to people they encounter who may be eligible to apply, such as when conducting immigration raids.

Around 5.3 million EU citizens have applied for residency rights in the UK, according to government figures.

in World
Related Posts

‘Ecological disaster’ feared as Greece battles forest fire, Europe News & Top Stories

May 22, 2021

May 22, 2021

ATHENS (AFP) – Hundreds of firefighters battled Greece’s first major forest fire of the summer on Saturday (May 22), as...

US says it stands with ‘brave’ Chinese activists on Tiananmen anniversary, United States News & Top Stories

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said on Thursday (June 3) that it stands “with the people of China” in...

Yemen’s unique ‘dragon’s blood’ island under threat, Middle East News & Top Stories

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

SOCOTRA, YEMEN (AFP) – Centuries-old umbrella-shaped dragon’s blood trees line the rugged peaks of Yemen’s Socotra – a flagship symbol...

With EU in flux, Italy and France to sign new treaty to cement ties, Europe News & Top Stories

November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021

ROME (AFP) – French President Emmanuel Macron visits Rome this week to sign a new treaty with Italy, cementing ties...

Success of climate change talks rests on finance, says UN chief, Europe News & Top Stories

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – The success of international climate negotiations in November will depend on a breakthrough in financial contributions from...

Eight in 10 adults in England estimated to have Covid antibodies, Europe News & Top Stories

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) – Eight in 10 adults in England now have antibodies protecting them against Covid-19 as the government forges...

Peru leads global mortality rate after adjusting Covid-19 toll, World News & Top Stories

May 31, 2021

May 31, 2021

LIMA (AFP) – Peru on Monday (May 31) more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll, becoming the country with...

End of Netanyahu era could be in the cards in Israeli political drama, Middle East News & Top Stories

May 30, 2021

May 30, 2021

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) – Israel was gripped by political drama on Sunday (May 30) over the possibly imminent end of Prime...

Pentagon will not allow pride flags to be flown on US military installations, United States News & Top Stories

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The Pentagon said on Friday (June 4) that it would not make an exception to allow US...

Biden vows to lay down ‘red lines’ to Putin, United States News & Top Stories

June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021

BRUSSELS (AFP) – US President Joe Biden on Monday (June 14) signalled his determination to take a firm stance two...

Aspirin does not improve survival in Covid-19 patients: UK study, Europe News & Top Stories

June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

LONDON (REUTERS) – Aspirin does not improve the chances of survival in severely ill Covid-19 patients, early results from one...

Assange’s fiancee urges Biden to free WikiLeaks founder to show US has changed, Europe News & Top Stories

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

LONDON (REUTERS) – President Joe Biden must let Julian Assange go free if he wants the United States to become...

Jordanian police attacked; witnesses cite anger over banned lawmaker, Middle East News & Top Stories

June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

AMMAN (REUTERS) – There were “armed attacks on security forces” on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital of Amman on...

Countries back global minimum corporate tax of 15%, Europe News & Top Stories

July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

PARIS (REUTERS) – Most of the countries negotiating a global overhaul of cross-border taxation of multinationals have backed plans for...

Pressure builds on UK’s Boris Johnson to fire health secretary, Europe News & Top Stories

June 26, 2021

June 26, 2021

LONDON (REUTERS) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under mounting pressure on Saturday (June 26) to fire his health...