Post Brexit British Europeans Concerns About What This Means for Them.
Fear, confusion, uncertainty and unwantedness are just a few of the feelings of our post Brexit European immigrants living here in the UK have expressed since Britain voted to leave the EU.
Communities such as the Polish who have settled in the UK are now questioning their security to be allowed to live in the UK, will they still be able to live here? Will they need to apply for citizenship? Will their children still qualify for student loans to study at university? These among many more worrying questions that are being asked now in this post Brexit Britain.
A survey commissioned by the Financial Times found that if Britain’s current immigration rules were applied to EU nationals, the overwhelming majority of them would loose their jobs and would be forced to leave the UK.
Many Europeans have even since before the vote were applying for British citizenship in fear of what could happen if the vote went the way it did.
Many continental Europeans who have settled in the UK have since had children, many of which their parents native language is a foreign language to them and don’t want to go and live in their parents native continental country.
Article 50 has yet to be triggered which will then start the formal exit from the EU which will take a minimum of two years, businesses that employ European immigrants have already started sending out emails to their staff stating that at least for now nothing has changed. But for the 3million continental citizens working and living here in the UK are right to feel anxious about their future in the UK in the long term.
There is approximately 850,000 Polish citizens living here in the UK, and for them the uncertainty has been felt all they way back to the Polish President who has been quoted saying “I trust that the British government will appreciate the contribution the Poles are bringing into the development of the British Islands, into their social and cultural life.”
With future talks with the EU and individually with its 27 countries inevitable, the Polish President has vowed to do everything he can to keep the rights of the Polish community in the UK the same as they currently are.
To the 1million EU citizens living and working in London, Sadiq Khan, The London Mayor issued a statement stating “As a city, we are grateful for the enormous contribution you make, and that will not change as a result of this referendum,” he said. “You are very welcome here.”
Only time will tell now, not only for the continental immigrants living and working here in the UK, but also for the 1.2million Brits living and working in the EU.
As I’ve already mentioned, currently nothing legally has changed, as until the UK government formally start the exit from Europe everything stays the same. David Cameron has rightly said he does not feel he is the right person for the job leading our nation out of Europe and has resigned as Prime Minister effective from October, paving way for a leadership contest of the Tory government. So nothing formally is expected to happen until then.